Thursday Thriller: Woman With a Gun

Posted 4 December, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Thursday Thriller: Woman With a GunWoman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin
Published by Harper Collins on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 304

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

At a retrospective on the work of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is fascinated by the exhibition's centerpiece: the famous Woman with a Gun, which launched the artist's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image depicts a woman in a wedding dress standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. But this is no serene, romantic portrait. In her right hand, which is hidden behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.The picture captures Stacey's imagination and raises a host of compelling questions: Who is this woman? Is this a photograph of her on her wedding day? Does she plan to kill herself or someone else? Obsessed with finding answers, she soon discovers the identity of the woman: a suspect in a ten-year-old murder investigation. Convinced that proof of the woman's guilt, or innocence, is somehow connected to the photograph, Stacey embarks on a relentless investigation.Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of the woman's culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story—Kathy Moran—isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer, and get her to talk, or the truth about what happened that day will stay forever hidden in the shadows.

This was my first foray into any of Phillip Margolin’s novels. Woman With a Gun is a nice fluffy ‘whodunnit’ novel. The photograph acts as a unique device to spark the action of the frame story which eventually propels the rest of the story line.

I found the transitions between the time periods to be a bit clunky and would have preferred some more elegant segues. But that issue detracts very little from the action. This is very much a plot driven novel,  but the characters are well developed enough for the genre. 

The story itself is enjoyable enough and as I said about the photograph is a unique touch. This is not Literature with a capital ‘L’ but that doesn’t stop it from being an entertaining read. Even though I saw the big reveal coming from about halfway through the book, it beats Skymall magazine on a plane any day.

Have you read any Margolin’s novels, Readers? I hear this one is different than his others. Thoughts?

I’m excited to be participating in the tour for Phillip Margolin’s Woman With a Gun, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here and the other fabulous posts that have been written on it! 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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