When his father dies, 24-year-old Dylan Ryker finds a matchbook his dad had hidden in a drawer. Could it be a clue to the identity of his mystery birth mother? The matchbook, from a bar called the Blue Flamingo, takes him from Chicago to a village in the Florida Panhandle where he goes to work for the owner, Rita Cornwall. He’s sure this woman knows something but she’s not telling.
In his search for answers to where he came from and where his future lies, Dylan finds himself in harm’s way, threatened by a local troublemaker and warned by a religious fanatic to stay away from his daughter, conflicts that will lead him to the truth but not the one he imagined.
This Novella had a lot going on for such a short book. The author manages a surprising amount of character depth and drama with so few words. Unlike other novella’s I have read this one was not lacking in anything.
The protagonist is male which I always enjoy and he is flawlessly written. He is so real in my head I swear I can compare him to people I know in real life.
The trials he goes through are written with compassion but also exhibit the confusion and listlessness that he is experiencing. Imagine losing the only person you have in an instant and while you’re still reeling from your loss you find a thread (or matchbook in this case) of hope.
I really enjoyed how the author sprinkles in the witness statements from the private investigator throughout the story. As a reader, I always like having knowledge the character doesn’t and watching their reactions as opposed to focusing on my own as the character discovers them.
All of the characters in this novella are unique but yet oh so realistic. I have been to Florida and can easily imagine the scenes. At the same time, the writing was so good that even though I haven’t been to New York, I had no issue with creating the images of the various clubs and people in my mind.
Very well done.
In conclusion, this is a top notch novella. Plenty of action balanced with the right amount of emotion and tied up all nice in the end. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
I rate this book 5 stars. It’s the best novella of it’s genre I’ve read.
The Technical Data:
Title: Blue Flamingo | Author(s): Joyce V. Harrison |
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing / Publication Date: 10-24-2015 | Pages: 111 (Paperback) | ISBN: 9781517569068 | Genre(s): Adult Fiction Mystery | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-13-2015 | Source: Copy From Author