Wednesday, July 1, 2015

***REVIEW*** Rubble and the Wreckage ~ A Gabriel Church Tale ~ Rodd Clark ~ Kat's Review ~

Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand.
Whether you release it to grant life or
grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. 

Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. 

There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: 

What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why
does he want his story told?

STOP. Don't do as I first did and say, "I don't think I can read this book." It sounds like a harsher book than it is. Yes, there is a psychological thriller aspect to it, but mostly, it is a love story.  Yes, some character's die in the book, but not in a gruesome way. Trust me when I say, the author handled it with as much class as possible for the subject matter. 
Author Rodd Clark grabs your interest quickly in this book and never let's you go. Written in omnipresent, you get the up-close and personal feel of each and every character. I loved that! I was never lost when going from character to character. Mr. Clark worked that beautifully. 

Mr. Clark's writing style is eloquent and very well put together when describing each and every scene. While there is sex in the book, it isn't graphic. The descriptions are enough to give you the feel of what is going on,  but not enough for you to picture each and every detail in every scene. Some sex scenes are more graphically told than other's but never to the "nth" degree. It is like he means to give Christian and Gabriel privacy; and he did. 

There are some Christian themes that carry through the book, not as lessons, only through Gabriel's life. As you may have also noticed, even Christian's and Gabriel's names are biblical. 

Reading the book, I get the sense that Mr. Clark is a very well educated man and knows a lot about psychology. Whether he is self-taught or took courses in it, I wouldn't know, but he has had some education of some sort to be able to write such a deep, well thought out, eloquent book. 

This book is definitely a must read if you like M/M romance, psychological thrillers and can stand it if some characters die in the book. 

5 Stars!

1 comment:

  1. What a kind review Kat. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though I think you may have given me more insight and education that I actually possess. A writer's greatest appreciation comes when readers make connections to the characters they build from nothing. I am thankful that you are one and hope you enjoy the sequel as well which is coming out later in the year. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your blog and introduce myself to your fans. Sending much love back your way.