Old Line Publishing, ISBN 978-1937004170
Rating: 3 ~ It’s Okay
Attorney Noah Parks is directed to handle the probate case of Leonardo Xavier Cross, a man he has never met. As part of his fee, he will receive a safe deposit box none of Cross’ friends knew existed. Noah thinks that this is a simple case to handle, until the body count of those involved in Cross’ will begins to rise. What seems to be a simple probate case turns out to be a dangerous and deadly adventure for Noah and all involved in the will.
I would have enjoyed The Trust more if the narration had been better. It was too detailed! As a reader, I did not need all the minute details the narrator was letting me know.
Nevertheless, I was considerably impressed with this debut legal thriller novel. The answers to the mysteries (yes, there is more than one mystery in this novel) is unusual.
While this novel might not be packed with as much courtroom drama or action as I’d like to read in a thriller novel, Sean Keefer applied ingenuity to turn this story into an attention grabber.
I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, especially Anna Beth. When first introduced, she was a mysterious character. As the story ran on, we got to know more and more about her personality and history. At the end of the book, we don’t know everything about her, but we do know that she is one smart character who is able to outwit the antagonist in the story. There is a sequel to The Trust and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about Anna Beth and of course, Noah, too.
Overall, the writing style in The Trust could have been better, but for a debut novel, it surpassed my expectations.
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Sean Keefer is a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina. After experimenting with a number of styles and genres, he focused on mystery and suspense generally involving the legal profession. His debut novel, The Trust, was published in January 2011. He is currently writing a sequel to The Trust. Visit his website at www.seankeefer.com.
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