#Review: Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino

#Review: Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino

Title: Web of Secrets
Author: Ernesto Patino
Series: none
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Date: 8/5/2012
Pages: 195
ISBN: 1603181245
Source:  publisher
Purchase: Amazon

Goodreads Summary:

Some family history is too dangerous to be revealed. Sarah Baker’s search for the truth about her adoption uncovered a tangled web of deadly secrets…

A phone call from a blackmailer turned Sarah’s life upside down. The man claimed to know the circumstances of her illegal adoption thirty years ago. He also revealed some shocking facts about her real parents.

Rather than have the blackmailer go public with the information and risk her husband’s career, she agreed to a one-time payoff. Their situation was far from resolved, and doubts about her heritage put a strain on their once ideal marriage.

Sarah still didn’t have verification of the truth. She needed more details. Were there any brothers or sisters, or other family members nearby? Had the same blackmailer approached them too?

Hiring a Private Investigator seemed the only option, but it meant opening a Pandora’s box. Sarah needed confirmation and closure, and was willing to take the risk. Ex FBI investigator turned P. I. Joe Coopersmith was up to the task, but working on a thirty-year-old mystery wouldn’t be easy. Joe didn’t realize it might also turn deadly…

My Thoughts:

Ernesto Patino weaves a highly suspenseful mystery in Web of Secrets that tangles a corrupt doctor’s hideous crime with the late-20th century’s social defiances.

I think this was a very well-organized mystery novel. There’s a riveting blackmailer with unethical logic and an even more immoral story behind it, and there are also numerous victims who, somehow, are related. The secret that this blackmailer is attempting to reveal is that each of these clueless people, including Sarah, who are being called, have been conceived illegitimately and adopted illegally; something that may not seem like a big deal now, but potentially could have ruined their reputations, back in the 90′s.

This to me, was a bit puzzling. So what if it turns out they have a colored parent? I’m not sure why this would be a ‘deadly’ secret. It might give them trouble due to the prevalent racism in America, but I don’t know why it’s something that you would risk your life to keep under the covers.

Patino’s voice isn’t anything to rave about. It’s strict and to the point, oftentimes even lacking in fluidity and clarity. However, his story does have a sharp, intelligent drive to it, so overall, it was enjoyable. His expertise as a private investigator and ex-FBI agent are demonstrated clearly through his descriptions and explanations.

Aside from the fact that the basis of the book’s deadly secret is not-so-deadly, this was a pretty good read. It was kind of slow for me, but it’s not that long in page length, so thankfully it didn’t draw out too much. While not lethal, the secrets revealed are pretty shocking. Patino does a great job keeping the reader on their toes.

Verdict: Should you read this? Sure, you should give it a try. But I think there are mystery stories out there that have done much better.

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