Published by Harper Collins on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
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.
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!