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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Rogers Park by Mark Pople tells the story of Brian who has harboured the desire for revenge against his father since he deserted Brian when he was nine years old. Remaining in his home city of Chicago and working as a high school teacher, Brian’s life is more of an existence until he takes a short cut that changes the direction of his life forever. He is faced with challenges he never expected and impossible choices as he enters a world he had not known existed, and his calm and familiar daily life turns to chaos. Finally, when given the chance for revenge, he is faced with the ultimate decision of forgiveness – or satisfaction.
The author, Mark Pople, has written an engaging suspense thriller that I enjoyed from the first sentence. It’s always good to have a strong pull when starting a novel and this does not disappoint. The main character, Brian Casey, elicits empathy from the beginning as he sees first his brother leave home, and then his dysfunctional father. The story runs smoothly through one crisis after another and certainly has the reader on the edge of their seat. The author uses his excellent writing ability to bring Brian and his disastrous life journey out of the pages and into reality. The writing is fast-paced and engaging and I particularly liked the author’s use of Brian’s thoughts to enhance the story. Very enjoyable, well-structured and developed, and definitely recommended. I shall look forward to reading more from this author.