Dark Side Of Sunset Pointe is a murder mystery sprinkled with some paranormal bits and topped with a real character—a delight.
Lance Underphal, a widower, decided there’s nothing left for him to do apart from being a talented, lazy photographer without an ambition. His life seemed like it had stopped, nothing and no one motivating him to go further, except his dead wife. Until one day when Mike Rodriguez is found dead along with his bookkeeper. Lance rushes to the crime scene as a mere news photographer but he actually moves toward a new perspective, a new communication method and in fact, a new world.
The best thing about the story is how it jumps straight into action. There isn’t anything being dragged for the sake of the word count or as an excuse of scene-setting. Everything that the reader needs to know is clearly delivered and the reaction to that particular action follows later on. The major plot points are hit in a well-planned manner, not leaving any space for loopholes to rise.
There’s a long list of characters, building up more and more suspense. At some point, the reader thinks they’ve got it all figured out but the author, very swiftly, erases the doubt in the next scene itself. And you’re left thinking: WTF, then who is it?
However, except for two characters, Lance and Salmon, none of them have been developed much. Even the culprit isn’t developed enough which is why the revelation doesn’t shock much. Sure, there’s a head nod by me—an approval of a good mystery plotted by the author—but nothing that would leave me open-mouthed, staring at the screen hard and thinking how it could end up this way.
The writing is easy to read, it flows well and resonates with the mood a particular scene demand. Whether it’s the use of exclamation marks, an exclamation mark along with question marks (a pet peeve of mine) or capitalized letters, all are used well by the author and works to bring the story alive by enhancing the tone.
There are phrases that characters repeat, thoughts that come to their mind again and again, and things they do repeatedly. The ‘Big Mike’s’ widow, Connie Rodriguez, kept thinking about God, Big Mike’s business partner, Whiting, kept thinking about money and Vegas, while the pole stripper kept swaying her hips or smiled seductively. Basically, everyone was distinct enough.
The story is written majorly in a Third Person omniscient, all the characters and their ideas being delivered to the readers—even the killer’s at some point. Lance’s narrative is in First Person which seemed to fit perfectly with his persona since most of his conversing happened in his own brain. It’s a shame I’m not a big fan of switching POVs but anything is fun to read if done well. And Michael Allen Scott has done it too well.
If you’re looking to read a genre-bender that’ll take you to another world through the mind of a relatable man, focused mainly on the major plot and an ending that’ll make reading the book a worth, then this book is for you.
This book is intended for adults. It contains explicit language, sex and violence.
I received a free copy of this book through a promotional strategy by the author, but this in no way influences my rating or review of this book.