“Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files by Kevin 11 is the second book in a trilogy that follows the 23rd precinct of the Brooklyn Police Department. Although this book is the second in the series it is a prequel to the events of the first which actually made it a great starting point for a new comer like me.
The story follows the men and women whose job it is to fight crime in New York City. However, all is not as it seems in the 23rd precinct and the reason as to why cases keep stalling and going cold is far from what anyone imagined.
My first thought when reading this book is how much it feels like a TV series. The chapters are episodes and the cases within them are solved by the time the imagined credits role. Similarly, throughout every episode there are hints of something bigger that builds and builds until we get to the season finale. I must admit I loved this. I loved the way each episode focused on a different member of the BKPD but the other characters weaved through all the stories. Like a good series on netflix I could dip in to one episode at a time or binge read two or three after the other. I really enjoyed reading this book.
The characters are really well written too. As the narrative is told in the first person from many different points of view I loved the way my opinion of a character would be formed from what the narrator told me and then I would be surprised when the narrative finally came around to be told from that character’s point of view. Similarly, hearing a character talk about another member of the precinct whose story I had already read, I would be able to think to myself “just you wait you’ve got that person so wrong” and feel really smug about it. The characters and the relationships between them were so very well thought out the story was seamless.
I have only one criticism of this book and it is a very small one. I like detective novels where I the reader have to try and figure out the case as well. I love that feeling of it suddenly clicking and getting to the answer before the characters in the book and then sometimes there being a huge twist and me being completely wrong. I missed that element in “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files. The cases we follow are very much as an observer rather than a participant and I think this is because the focus is more on the detectives themselves rather than the cases they solve. The story of the detectives is enjoyable in itself, I just would have liked a bit of both worlds.
“Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files by Kevin 11 is published by Flowered Concrete and is available on July 21st. Find out more: http://www.floweredconcrete.net/
The author also has a blog you should check out: https://kevinanglade.wordpress.com/
Would recommend to: anybody who loves CSI, Law & Order etc.
P.S. Not suitable for young audiences