HE WHO SINGS LAST
by Lisa Laird DiRosso
PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing
RELEASE DATE: 28 July 2009
Just how far will one fan go to prove her loyalty? In her novel He Who Sings Last, Lisa Laird DiRosso expertly knits a blanket of obsession laced with suspicion and murder in a suspenseful crime novel centered on has-been celebrity Jimmy Covelli. He leads a quiet, post-fame existence until some ghosts from his past come back to haunt him after nineteen years, when an unsolved murder case is reopened by a zealous New York detective. Covelli charms and harms wherever he goes, and in his destructive path, he leaves behind a host of resentful family members and brokenhearted fans. Will the detective catch him and be able to prove his guilt? Find out in He Who Sings Last.
The novel is centered around Jimmy Covelli, a has-been celebrity who leads a quiet, post-fame life until, after nineteen years, some ghosts from his past come back to haunt him. An unsolved murder case is reopened by New York detective, Vintoni, who is intent on charging him with the murder. Covelli manages to charm his way through life, but in his path he leaves behind feelings of resentment, anger and brokenhearted fans. Will detective Vintoni be able to prove his guilt and stop Covelli from causing more harm?
When I first read the synopsis I was quite pleased as I like a good crime novel, but unfortunately as I read through the chapters I realised that this book wasn’t for me.
I continuously struggled with the limited descriptive prose which added to the books lack of atmosphere, and found the characters difficult to connect with as they didn’t have any real depth. I also felt that there were too many of them and was constantly jumping between voices, which became annoying.
The dialogue was unnatural at times and didn’t really flow and some of the important events in the book that should have been made more of, felt rushed and made the story unrealistic. However, I did like Detective Vintoni. He was quite a strong character and I liked his determination and felt it was a shame his character wasn’t developed further. The author also succeeded in creating a rather nasty and unpleasant character in Covelli.
The ending of the book was a bit abrupt, as if the writer had stopped mid-flow. This may have been intentional – a sequel maybe? Unfortunately, it left me feeling a bit short changed. This is the authors debut novel so maybe future works will be more accomplished than this.
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