Book 35 of Year 2017 – “The Origins of Benjamin Hackett” by Gerald M. O’Connor

Official Title – The Origins of Benjamin Hackett

Genre – Fiction

Book Length – 298 pages

Reading Time – 4.5 hours

Style/ Plot – Chatty and descriptive enough for the reader to imagine scenes. It is set in Ireland (from references made to Cork and the obviously Irish names), Benjamin is an 18 year old on a journey to find his birth parents.

After the near death experience of going off to Cork to trace his parents, he’s back in his hometown figuring out better ways to know who his real parents are.

Gerald does a good job of indulging in multiple enjoyable plot twists. I wish I could give spoilers but I shall restrain myself.

Recommendation – Initially, I found it challenging to follow the narrative. There were too many conversations and innuendos going on. By Chapter 10, it got really interesting as there were the usual twists and turns you’d find in a decent fiction novel. It is definitely worth reading to the end…unless you like being kept in indefinite suspense. I actually smiled at the end. Sigh.

Rating – 3.5/5

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