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Reviewed by Sandy Masia for Readers' Favorite
When a woman is found dead at Brooklyn Heights promenade, it is up to Detective Marie O'Sullivan to find the killer. It would be routine, perfunctory work if her long time work partner hadn't just tried to kill himself. To make things wors, her brother is staying over from Ireland, and, as a result, the past she thought she had left behind in Northern Ireland is resurfacing.
The Brooklyn Killing by Siobhan Finkielman is about the past, solving a mystery, and making sense of the senseless things that people do. The O'Sullivan siblings' troubled past intersects with the present in what becomes a multifaceted, intriguing story riddled with trauma, secrets, and vulnerability. At the center of it are well-constructed characters that read like real people. One of the hallmarks of good fiction is making us forget we are reading fiction. It makes us believe we are getting acquainted with the most intimate parts of another living soul. It allows us to connect. The characterization and execution allow that sense of connection to take place.
The prose is as rich and insightful as it is smooth and easy to digest. That is impressive. It is difficult to find fault with The Brooklyn Killing because Siobhan Finkielman has been meticulous with the story, world, atmosphere, scenery, characters, prose, and plot. It might read like a procedural in some parts, but there is a peculiar feeling, an edge that lends itself to the stuff of military, espionage, and psychological thrillers. Siobhan Finkielman is brilliant. The Brooklyn Killing is a multi-faceted, cerebral, captivating juggernaut.