Genre: Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense
Length: 323 Pages
Publishing Date: June 16, 2016
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From the Blurb:
Frustrated by constant praedial thieves, Victor Buddom erects an electrified fence on his property in rural Jamaica. After a man is electrocuted and another brutally murdered, the fence becomes the centre of a shocking mystery. The handsome and experienced Inspector Donovan Black is assigned to the case, but things take a turn for the worse when his colleague is murdered on the Buddom property. Determined to uncover the truth, Inspector Black launches his investigation but an ingenious plan to conceal murder sets him off on conflicting leads. With puzzling and chilling evidence pointing to several persons, including a respected businessman and the undercover leader of a criminal gang, questions emerge about whether the police will manage to unearth the real story. A searing and suspenseful tale filled with plots and counter plots, blackmail and seduction, the exciting thriller leaves the reader constantly guessing and on the brink of unimaginable reveals.
Most of the time when blurb of a book pulls you in, the book delivers. The same is true in case of Sheldon Peart’s Beyond the Fence. The blurb is intriguing (I wouldn’t say so about the cover though which I find quite bland) and the book is equally absorbing. The plot is quite dense, the story arresting and there are plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages.
The book starts with electrocution of a gang member on Victor Buddom’s property and the parallel happenings reminded me of James M. Cain’s ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’: not that there is any planning going on about killing the husband, but the emerging overall picture seems to promise the same flurry of activities. Soon other sub plots emerge and the author did a pretty decent job of keeping all of those together.
The pace is fast, story intense and there is lots of action. The book is set in Jamaica and the setting adds intrigue to the story.
When it comes to characterization, Sheldon Pear has done a good job. There are many characters in the book. I’m tempted to say too many, but they don’t create confusion in readers’ mind which easily can happen with such a vast array of personalities in a story. The only confusion occurs in the last chapter where readers are unable to make up their mind about the characters or happenings for that matter. Apart from that, the characterization is good, especially, if you don’t mind all the women depicted as sexually starved flirts and selfish and men all crooks: even the good detectives in the story. So, yes, there is no likable character. But it wouldn’t stop readers from enjoying the tale: remember Raymond Chandler’s books, the men mostly crooks and women sensual goddesses? You get the drift.
The plot is quite dense and it comprises of many sub plots. Peart has done a good job of bringing everything together and tidied up all the lose ends nicely. Characters’ ties to criminal gang is explored in details, something that looked like a small-part of the main plot but is actually quite significant. Peart took time to drop surprises after surprises all through the story: something mystery lovers would really love.
My warning: there is quite a lot of violence, women abuse and profanity, so the book is suitable to 18+ readers.
The surprising thing is there is no review for this book on goodreads. Any mystery/thriller lover reading my review, do give a try to this book. It’s worth it. You wouldn’t be disappointed.