A mother who doesn’t care, a father who would rather be stoned, a missing heiress and the small matter of a huge fortune

Inherit the DeadInherit the Dead by Jonathan Santlofer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One plot, one story and twenty writers, twenty acclaimed crime writers I might add.
Having multiple authors contribute to an multiple story anthology tends to work better than having them write a chapter each for a one-story book. The anthology gives each person a chance to show their individual ideas. In this case it made the story seem like the main character was suffering from a case of multiple personalities. One writer would write Perry with a slowpoke depressive attitude and the next with a brass almost volatile temperament.
I think what bothered me the most was the actual lack of storyline. Perry spends nearly the entire book looking for a girl he has never met before, but who has suddenly taken on an imaginary role in his head and life. He obsesses over the unknown and adulates the fantasy girl, as opposed to the real woman. He also starts projecting his own custody issues and problems with his daughter and ex-wife onto the other characters in the book. Everything equates to his personal loss and guilt as a weekend dad. He thinks finding Angel will give him some sort of redemption card. Find missing girl equals being there for her even if he can’t be there for his own flesh and blood.
I found the ending a tad soap opera bizarre and think the extra voice within the chapters could have been utilized better.
Although the novel wasn’t as good as it could have been it deserves attention because it was created with a specific purpose in mind.
Despite the fact that certain chapters shone more brightly than others, I applaud and support the fact these scribes have come together for a worthy cause, to support the victims of domestic abuse.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher.

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