I found myself wavering while reading “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by Christopher Wilsher. At first, I was immediately interested in the story, and became immersed in the interesting world building and complex plot development and the characters, especially Charlie. I liked the style of narration, even though third-person present tense isn’t normally my favorite it does work well here. Adds a certain urgency that works for the tone of the book. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, erratic and inconsistent, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the overall tension some. But at the same time, the pacing was fast, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some crazy developments toward the end that had me totally hooked. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience--especially in the thriller/crime genre where so much feels derivative and predictable--, and it had a certain intelligence and emotional depth that you don’t normally see with many of these types of books, was interesting to see it come together. I enjoyed the author’s voice, and was satisfied with the ending…. Seems like maybe there might be more? But some really awesome characters (esp. Charlie) and very polished in terms of formatting and editing. I would happily read more from Wilsher in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)