An End to Etcetera

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
407 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2023
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Author Biography

Bob Conklin, writing as B. Robert Conklin, lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he enjoys the unpredictable moments of family life with his spouse, three kids, four cats, and two ferrets. His credits include stories in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, THAT Literary Review, and Kestrel, with another selected for inclusion in The Strong Stuff: The Best of Fictional Café, Volume II. A graduate of The Ohio State University, with a teaching background in composition and literature, he has also co-authored a college textbook to help emerging writers connect with their world. In a different medium, he practices the craft of cartooning.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

An End to Etcetera by B. Robert Conklin is a thrilling murder mystery. Selena Harris is a therapist with OCD, and her latest patient is a 14-year-old boy who says he drowned an autistic child. Unfortunately, he only confessed it in a text and mistakenly sent it to his whole school. With no evidence, the authorities ask Selena to work with him to find the truth. Selena finds herself bonding with Leal emotionally, but she doubts his story. Selena needs to know the truth, and her search takes her from her office. What she learns will terrify her; not only does she need to uncover Leal’s demons, but she needs to face hers too. Did Leal kill someone? How will Selena deal with the truth?

An End to Etcetera by B. Robert Conklin is a fascinating slow-burner story, with tension building throughout. It’s not a straightforward murder mystery, as we know little about it. As the story evolves, the relationship between therapist and patient grows as the search for the truth reaches its conclusion. Along the way, there are plenty of twists and turns, and the writing style will draw you in and get its hooks into you. Leal’s story will produce a lot of questions that you need answers to; not just about him but about Selena too. It’s more of a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing throughout. The characters are well-defined, with details of their lives and problems drip-feeding you throughout. You will, in equal measure, tear your hair out over things they’ve done and continue to do and feel sorry for them. I enjoyed this story; if you’re looking for something that will keep you reading all the way through, this is it.