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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
On the surface, The Errant Child by Ozzie Logozzo is the story of Renzo, a man who is more concerned about the psychological affairs his wife Emily might be having with other men. However, this is the quest of a man to find happiness and acceptance. Renzo loves his wife and he knows that Emily loves him as well, but there is something going on; maybe his past or hers keeps coming between them. They might think that their relationship is safe from outside factors, however, major influences like the dangerous mafia, the Roman Catholic Church and even a suspicious secret society will play a huge role in deciding their happiness and if they get to live together or not. This is not just the story of a couple’s love for each other and their will to save their marriage. Renzo soon realizes that the external forces have far too much planned and his best bet might be to just go with the flow. But should he?
The Errant Child by Ozzie Logozzo is a novel that cannot be listed in a single genre. While I would like to call it a love story about a troubled marriage, there are far too many layers and complexities that stop me from doing so. I enjoyed this complexity and this intense level of layers upon layers of readable material that kept the story going and had me wanting more. I enjoyed how the author talked about the themes of disloyalty and sometimes faithlessness in a very creative and provoking manner that had my mind reeling.
Although a little long at times, I enjoyed this story. There was something about the pace of the story that kept my mind attentive to what the characters were doing and the direction the story was taking. I wanted to read more and know more. After reading halfway through, I realized that the pace of the story was almost parallel to Renzo and his struggles. The pace picked up when his life did, the pace slowed down when he did. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel even more for this fact.