Walter, a child prodigy who now works on Wall Street, considers himself a father figure to Amanda, his daughter s best friend and only child of a neglectful single mother. But when he loses his job after the 2008 financial crisis and his materialistic wife leaves him, taking their daughter, his relationship with Amanda enters a precarious new stage.
Walter struggles to give her the affection and guidance she needs, without succumbing to her budding sexuality. In the year before she enters high school, these two lonely souls will transform each other as Walter breaks out of his emotional shell, and Amanda blossoms into adolescence.
In a world that has always failed to protect its most vulnerable, The Best of Crimes is a new narrative and an unconventional love story that will challenge your perception of right and wrong.
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The Best Of Crimes is a powerful, emotional book which tackles a very difficult subject. It’s taken me a while to write this review as I wasn’t completely sure how I felt about it.
The book is beautifully written and the story instantly draws the reader into the story. There are some great characters that I loved to hate, especially Walter who I was very confused by. He seems such a nice likeable guy who seems to realise that his infatuation with Amanda is wrong but can’t seem to stop feeling the way he does. I found myself almost feeling sorry for him at some points until I remembered what he was doing. The secondary characters of Walter’s ex wife and Amanda’s mum were just as interesting and helped to bring an interesting slant to the story as it became clear how easy it is for such a relationship to go unnoticed. I can’t believe the pairs casual attitude to Walter and Amanda’s relationship as if it was my daughter alarm bells would be ringing everywhere. The pair actually made me quite cross and I found them to be very frustrating. I wished I could go into the book to have a stern word with both of them.
The author manages to write about a difficult subject with great sensitivity and without trying to shock the reader which makes the story very realistic. Some of the parts of the book made for very uncomfortable reading and I did find myself skipping parts as I couldn’t read them. However at other times I found myself almost routing for the couple and wanting their relationship to succeed, before remembering what was happening. I went through a range of quite strong emotions whilst reading this which I think shows the quality of the writing as I think it takes a lot of skill to make a reader feel that way.
Huge thanks to Anna from Red Door Books for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
K.C. Maher grew up outside of Chicago and has been writing fiction all her adult life. Her writing has appeared in little magazines online and off. Mostly, though, her career has been a series of near misses. Now that her children are grown, she writes more than she sleeps. Only recently has she noticed that her imagination runs to, and cultivates, the exception to the rule. Her husband, however, has always known this, as have lawyers considering her for jury duty.