A Fragile Thing Book Review

A Fragile Thing Book Review

Title: A Fragile Thing
Author: Kevin Wignall
Published: August 17, 2017, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 268
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Bestselling author Kevin Wignall’s novel, A Fragile Thing tells the story of Max Emerson, who is highly successful, a billionaire in fact, and his family has essentially disowned him because they think his success is due to his dealing with mafia types. He has been written out of the will, and hasn’t spoken to family members for a few years. Max is in the money laundering business and although he hasn’t done anything that is actually illegal, his estranged family wants to keep a distance from him because they fear he will be arrested and the fallback will affect them. However, when his parents both die in an automobile accident that seems suspicious, Max travels to his childhood home for the funeral and also to delve into the mysterious incidents connected to the accident and to his parent’s previous lives. He knows he isn’t welcome, but feels a loyalty to his parents, and of course is expected to attend the funeral.

Max uncovers past secrets about his parents, and is surprised to find there is a letter waiting for him to be read upon their deaths. As Max investigates what he considers a suspicious accident, the suspense builds; Max knows he is in danger, as well as others, and must be careful if he wants to live through this.

Wignall has written several bestselling novels, and this is another that is well-written and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. He is an excellent storyteller, and his characters are well-developed – they seem like real people and readers will be able to relate to them. The fact that Wignall grew up in Europe makes the setting believable because he writes from first-hand knowledge.

The dénouement is both unexpected and surprising; it shows Max’s true character and will keep readers thinking long after they finish the book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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