Sunday 14 June 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Fence by Sheldon Peart

Beyond the Fence
Author: Sheldon Peart
Genre: Crime / Thriller / Suspense
Publication Date: 16th October 2016

Book Description:
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 found 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.

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This is the third book I have read by Peart, all three of which were captivating and intriguing, but I must say Beyond the Fence is my favourite read so far by Peart as it went that little step further in connecting with me on a deeper level than the other two books I read, which I connected with more on a superficial level. I found the unraveling of the intricate plot rather exciting and engaging. Peart always has a way of drawing me into the story and making me feel like I'm right there with tbe characters as they try to solve the many riddles, and this book was no different.

Right off the bat, we're thrown into a shady world of deception, having no idea who to trust. A bid to protect his property by erecting an electrifying fence turns more deadly than Victor Buddom had intended. With multiple dead bodies turning up on the Buddom property, including his colleague, Inspector Donovan Black is determined to find the culprit, a task that could very well lead to him to his own grave. This was a very thrilling read with many twists and turns, secrets and revelations that will keep readers on their toes. Although I was more drawn to the plot than to the characters, I found the depiction of the untrustworthy and illicit nature of these characters to be well portayed despite me not being too fond of the characters. What I also appreciated was the author's ability to seamlessly interweave mutliple sub-plots without detering from the main plot or creating any form of confusion.

This was certainly worth the read. It's full of suspense and drama that will keep readers glued to the very end.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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