on Feb. 1, 2012 :
Julius Caesar Fortune lies on a gurney in the morgue, a murder victim with a single bullet hole in his head. Desdemona, Fortune’s oldest daughter, helps the police where she can, remembering bits and pieces of her father’s life and the people he might have wronged. This is a mesmerizing story about greatness, and the tragedies befalling those in its wake. The dialog and narrative are masterful, grabbing on with the first page and not letting go. I loved it.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Dec. 4, 2011 :
I'm one who solves mysteries before the end of the book. Even up until the last few pages, did I call out the wrong person. I must admit, this book was a questioning kind of read. I think because, who dun-it, stuck in my head throughout. I found as I read, that it wasn't so much about the death, or mystery of who killed a father, as it was more so about how a family functioned around the fathers life. The characters you feel for them, wishing for the best.
Good story. Great ending. 5 stars because, I knew the killer, and yet, D.Carrick, made me guess wrong (Applaudes).
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
on Oct. 27, 2011 :
This is an excellent book. The characters are three-dimensional and true-to-life. The plot, which starts with a murder and soon takes us into an examination of a dysfunctional family, is well-constructed. I enjoyed the setting (Toronto, Canada) as well.
The plot twists were surprising, and yet clues had been salted skillfully throughout the narrative so they weren't head-spinning in that "where did THAT come from?" bad way.
I wish I could give half stars, because this book deserves four-and-a-half. I can't give five because I am that one reader in a million who notices mistakes such as "elicit" instead of "illicit." There were a few mistakes of this sort. Did it wreck the book? Not by a long shot. Did I notice? Yes. So I can give only four stars. I'd take away only half a star if that were an option.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Oct. 1, 2011 :
I started thinking that this was going to be a murder mystery. In a way it was but it also read like a family relationships drama fraught with mental health and addiction issues. Mrs.Carrick writes a family drama with complex parent/child/sibling issues; high expectations of the eldest child and high opinions of his own greatness J.Caesar Fortune was a lousy dad and a horrible husband even though he was supposed to be a great author and I finished the book thinking wow I really didn't feel any pity for the victim. It was a wonderful twist at the end when the killer was discovered. The Noon God is a fast flowing novel set in Toronto and the author uses many Toronto Points of interest in her novel that any proud Canadian/Torontonian would love to see in print. Congratulations Donna on penning an enjoyable riveting book.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
on June 10, 2011 :
A compelling story that explores the heartrending and complex issue of dysfunctional families. Being a child of genius is never easy. Especially when one is trying to make one's own career in a similar line of work. Very much liked the fact this book has about five surprises at the end, all hinted at earlier.
(reviewed the day of purchase)