Friday, January 18, 2019

Book review: Gods and Fathers

Review of bestseller James LePore's new thriller, Gods and Fathers

Blurb: Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.

Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.

Review: Gods and Fathers starts with Matt DeMarco trying his first ever murder case: successfully, as it turns out. Fast-forward 16 years and this slick attorney with his high profile boss has ticked all the boxes professionally but his personal life is a mess.

It’s about to get much worse.

When Matt DeMarco’s son is arrested for murder the void between the two makes it practically impossible for DeMarco to offer the emotional support to the young man that he’d like to. Instead, he has to fight hard behind the scenes to do everything he can to prevent his son from going to jail. For that, he’s willing to risk his reputation, his career and even his life.

Gods and Fathers is a fast-paced thriller with aspects of law, politics and international affairs thrown in. LePore writes well, delivering a riveting book with flawed but ultimately ‘human’ characters. They might not make the best decisions, they may not always come across as very nice but you are rooting for them to make it in the end.

As books with a twist go, this had one that I really didn’t see coming. It’s a little frustrating that I can’t share my thoughts without giving much away but let’s just say that the complexities of the novel and the intricacies of the relationships involved may just prevent you from seeing what’s right under your nose. And that’s all I’ll say on the subject!

As a lover of John Grisham novels I’m always thrilled to find a talented legal/political thriller author and I have certainly found that in James LePore. I now look forward to reading all his past and future novels.

**I received a copy in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All views are my own.

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