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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
A Couple of Unorthodox Love Affairs by Louie Centanni is a very intriguing thriller that makes people question everything around them, including their sanity. Phil seems like a normal guy. He has a wife of three years who works as a defense attorney. He has friends that he wastes time with, BS-ing around with them about the particular strengths and weaknesses of super heroes. He has dreams and aspirations, but he also has a dark secret. Phil understands serial killers. He gets why a serial killer would want to act a certain way and doesn't hate them or begrudge them because they've killed multiple people. At first, his interest seems harmless. But as the book continues, his preoccupation with these crazy killers borders on obsession and threatens to derail the entire sane life he has worked so hard to create.
I liked the writing style of this story and really felt like I was listening to Phil's thoughts. I never once felt the author was pushing a story on me. Phil came across as a real person with real issues and I was interested in hearing how he would handle them. The story was definitely dark and weird and strange, but I think other readers will appreciate that uniqueness because it isn't every day that you read about a man who respects serial killers. Not in a creepy, scary way, but an almost spiritual way. Nicely done!