Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Frame 32 by Wil Mara

Read first chapter excerpt here

The time had come, she decided, to rid herself of this burden, to take the steps necessary to put the matter to rest once and for all. And the first step, she knew—against every instinct and desire—was to watch that film.During the reading of her mother’s will, Sheila Baker discovers that she has inherited everything her parents ever possessed, including their secrets. A mysterious safe-deposit box key leads her to the answers to one of history’s greatest conspiracies: Who killed John F. Kennedy? Not only does she have the missing film, revealing her mother as the infamous babushka lady, but she has proof that there was more than one shooter.

On the run from people who would stop at nothing to keep secrets buried, Sheila turns to billionaire sleuth Jason Hammond for help. Having lost his own family in a tragic plane crash, Jason knows a thing or two about running from the past. With a target on their backs and time running out, can Jason finally uncover the truth behind the crime that shook a generation—or will he and Sheila become its final victims?

Frame 232 by Wil Mara is an interesting and truly mind-boggling novel that explores the possibilities of what and who really did lie behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The plot line is an exciting combination of mystery, conspiracy, redemption, and lurking danger. The author did an excellent job swirling together different yet connected plot lines and preparing the reader for the revelation of the truth as the characters dug deeper into the past. The topics and themes of the novel were well developed and clear, and they included being honest, seeking forgiveness, and trusting God even in the midst of pain and heartache. I liked how the characters discovered aspects of these truths throughout the novel, yet were not 'perfect' at the end. They all still had areas surrounding these topics where they could grow in their understanding through their beginning or growing in their relationships with God. The narration of the novel was in third person, but the central point of view of the chapter varied from chapter to chapter. This did cause the story to become fractured at times because the point of view changed so often, but it also added to the reader's overall knowledge of the plot as the novel progressed.

The characters of the novel were realistic and relatable. Both Sheila and Jason had their faults, their past heartaches, and their own unique strengths. They worked well together, and their strengths and weaknesses complemented each another and helped make them more realistic to the reader. The other minor characters were different and added to the story tremendously.

Overall, I really enjoyed Frame 232. The storyline was unique and very interesting, the characters believable, and the themes and topics convicting. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a suspenseful, 'conspiracy' thriller with believable twists.

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