January 27, 2016
By Lynne Murray
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This review is from: View From the Sixth Floor:: An Oswald Tale (Kindle Edition)
This is quite simply the most compelling book I have read in quite a long time. View From the Sixth Floor is very well crafted, appealing and full of surprises. The suspense kept me turning pages and the characters were so engaging to me that when it seemed to be heading toward an ending, it took another turn and I actually looked to see if it was near the end. The percent bar on my kindle registered “59% done” and my reaction was, “Good! There’s more, a lot more.” There was, and all of it satisfying, full of moments of worry about characters I had come to care for and moments to cheer when they rose to cope with crises.
One bet I made with myself as I sat down to write this review was to check once it was posted (I promise not to cheat but I am curious). I want to see just how many Americans of a certain age who also reviewed it took a moment to share where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the Kennedy assassination. I’m expecting a lot of people will, it’s a wound that left scars. I was a freshman in a Southern California high school French class. I remember one French teacher who had been in the underground resistance in Nazi-occupied Belgium as a boy came out of his class to ours to confer with our French teacher who was from Dallas (!) The words “coup d’etat” were mentioned with a certain anxiety. At the time I wondered if that was some kind of European, paranoid way of looking at the situation. Considering the way our society has been changed since that day, those words resonate differently to me now. Paranoia strikes deep (sorry, anything to do with the '60s brings out my song-quoting reflex).
This is one of those books I had to tell friends about. It was that good. I don’t want to ruin the suspense for anyone by saying much more.