Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Ring Fenced by Zach Abrams.
Ring Fenced is on an Amazon Countdown Promotion – selling at 99c /99p from 11-15 Sept 2019
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.
About the book
Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.
He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.
His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the façade.
When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.
Benjamin, Bennie, Benjie, Ben and Jamie – all one and the same person, and yet they all lead entirely different lives with their own separate personalities. They even have a specific way of dressing and being perceived.
Ben (insert any other of his names here) is quite smug about his duplicitous behaviour and basks in his secret success. It’s only a question of time before it all comes tumbling down around him. In fact he is actually quite condescending when it comes to the way he treats his family or rather his families. He keeps his wife and children away from his parents, because he doesn’t want to meld his Jewish heritage with his non-Jewish pretend personas.
Perhaps he isn’t really that different from everyone else in the sense that plenty of people pretend to be someone they aren’t or adapt their actions and personality to fit into a variety of situations. Do we ever know anyone completely or do we just know and see the person they want us to experience?
The transitions could be a smoother and the characters need more depth, and less is sometimes more. It could do with a good edit. Saying that, the premise had potential, although the main character wasn’t sympathetic at all.
It’s a fast-paced contemporary read about expectations, secret lives, ego and greed. If you’re so busy trying to press every bit of your own pleasure out of life then you might just find that it passes you by quicker than you think.