Jacqueline Willoughby by Schuyler Randall

Jacqueline Willougby by Schuyler Randall is a murder mystery under investigation by FBI agents Kason and Troy which involves what appears to be religious connotations. The premise of the novel is a good one however it feels to be missing heart. The first paragraph drew me in however following that the beginning is very choppy. This is resolved a few chapters in as Randall seems to find his groove but perhaps during drafting should have gone back to fine tune the start. The murders seem to get lost in translation due to the very matter of fact way that we come to them. There is a repetitive introduction to the investigators at each crime scene and though it is understood that the author is attempting to establish that there is a pattern it feels very unnecessary to state the specifics over and over again.

What I did enjoy was the inclusion of the novel that had been written in the past and connections there. I don’t want to go into much detail here as I don’t want to give away too many spoilers but for me that is when things really became more interesting. This is a quick read but with an expansion into the past and this portion of the book it really could have driven the plot a step further. I would have liked to have seen more development of the characters and though there was an attempt to incorporate more scenes that would have provided more depth they seemed a little too late in the story. You get a glimpse in the beginning and then much later into the story.

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