A Fragile Will by Glen Ebisch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*** 3.5 Cranky Stars ***
Cassie Reilly is an unemployed English high school teacher looking for a permanent position. She lives in the shadow of her deceased sister, Jane. Her parents ensuring Cassie knows she will never live up to her sister. She's single. Her best friend, Melanie, is a loser magnet.
While hoping to get back into the teaching profession, Cassie works at a rest home, reading to the elderly. There, she encounters Mr. Ferguson, a wealthy man with failing health and a promise outstanding. His only family are two nephews, who are more interested in dollars than they are in their uncle.
When Mr. Ferguson's health finally fails, he bequeaths his unfulfilled promise to Cassie and sets in motion a chain of events that are life-threatening.
This is an easy, enjoyable cosy mystery type of read. It's clean with some budding romance thrown into the mix, lots of red herrings, and a somewhat naive main character. Cassie's interpersonal issues reinforced she was somewhat 'put upon', but I longed for her to grow a backbone. She was twenty-five, not a teenager and I wondered why she continued to be submissive with her parents when she was an adult.
There were times where I longed for more suspense and tension. The net was cast wide and some threads could have been teased better. When the finale came, it felt a bit rushed, but it was a satisfying conclusion.
All in all, if you want a quick, easy, and clean read with some mystery thrown in, pick this one up.
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