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Book Review: The Worried Man

The Worried Man. Lisa M. Lilly. The Spiny Woman Press, March 30, 2018, Trade Paperback and E-book, 374 pages.

Reviewed by Janet Cole.

The style in which The Worried Man was written is energetic and snappy. The author elected to use short sentences and short paragraphs, a technique which presents the story in a dynamic manner.

The heroine is a young attorney and a former actress who sings harmony with two of her closest friends and associates. During one of their engagements in the upscale Lincoln Square area of Chicago, she attracts the attention of a reserved but attractive man, Marco, who captivates her interest. He has recognized her from one of her previous stage performances and they become engrossed in conversation. 

Over the course of a few weeks, they begin to date and he partially divulges his mysterious and somewhat turbulent past. Their relationship develops to the point where they decide to move in together. But, on the eve of that exciting event, our heroine, Quille, or “Q”, finds Marco dead in his apartment amidst the boxes he was packing in preparation for the move.  

The police rule it a suicide because of the evidence found next to his body. The distraught Q finds their ruling preposterous. She knew that on the surface, the “evidence” was damning, but she also knew how excited and happy Marco was to take the next step in their relationship. How could she accept his death as a suicide?

Marco's teenage son, Eric, agrees with Q. Despite his parent’s divorce, Eric and his father had a close relationship. He admitted that his father was happier than he had been in years. For Eric’s sake, as well as her own, Q becomes determined to resolve the mystery. Besides, there was an insurance policy at stake. If ruled a suicide, the money invested for Eric’s education would be forfeited.

The action that ensues as the determined Q delves into Marco’s past relationships and his recent investigations is compelling and fast moving. The story’s twist and turns will keep the reader riveted and unable to abandon the script before reaching its explosive conclusion. 


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