A READER'S OPINION
PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD by Mary Frances Fisher is an interesting murder mystery that spans a lot of years. Despite the sad events early on in the book, the author quickly pulled me into the story as I read about Ellen O'Malley, an Irish lass who evolves from a frightened young girl to a woman whose secret has tormented her many long years. Ms. Fisher weaves multiple characters and story lines, spanning decades, all to bring us one final, surprising conclusion. The mystery is a slow unfolding of "who done it" and I have to admit I was kept guessing. This historical work of fiction brims with insight into different cultures, places, people, and lifestyles.
PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD has intrigue, but it's much more than a murder mystery or a war novel. It's a family saga about self-discovery and coming to terms with the past while looking toward the future. The fact that the characters are based on the author's family made it much more interesting. Mary Frances Fisher is a talented storyteller and there's no doubt she's written a well-researched and compelling book.
Note: There are a lot of characters in the book, but the author provides a guide in the beginning.
Star Rating: 4 Stars | Content Rating: 1 Heart | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan
From Mary Frances Fisher comes her debut novel, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD, a book based on true events and stories passed down from the author's family. A murder on Millionaire's Row. A killer's chilling words, "Shh. I know where you live." A woman tormented by her guilt-ridden past. A historical murder mystery, Paradox Forged in Blood is set in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late 1930s. Four decades after the murder of socialite Louis Sheridan, the cold case is resurrected with receipt of new evidence that transports detectives back to Nazi Germany. The only living witness, Ellen O'Malley, must confront a haunting secret and her complicit actions.
Paperback: 378 pages
Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the author or publisher.