It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Murderess by Ivan Jenson.
About the Author
Artist/writer/poet Ivan Jenson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in a family steeped in the arts. A child prodigy, he earned acclaim when, at age nine, he produced his first sculpture that was ultimately featured in the poster for the National Museum of Costa Rica.
Ivan is now also a published novelist and a widely published poet who is enjoying burgeoning critical, commercial, and literary success. His debut novel, Dead Artist, which “delves into the world of New York City and explores issues of art and soul,” is published by Hen House Press New York as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook and as a paperback on Amazon.
His second novel, Seeing Soriah, “a riveting story of thrills, revenge, obsession, and redemption” is a psychological thriller that is a fast-paced, “thoughtful novel about art, artists, and the world they occupy.” Ivan Jenson’s new book of poems, “Media Child and Other Poems” will be published by Hen House Press, New York in 2014. Ivan Jenson: pop artist icon, published novelist, prolific and widely published poet and screenwriter. Follow @IvanJensonAuthor on Twitter, Visit ivanjenson.com
About the book
30% of murders in the US go unsolved. Becca Garner hopes her lover’s is one of them. Because she found him. He bequeathed her a million dollars. She’s married. And so is he.
Becca has a husband and children. She loves them – she loves them not. She also thinks nothing of seeking gratification elsewhere, behind her husband’s back. Everything is hidden well until one day she wakes up after a session with her elderly and wealthy beau, and finds herself in a bit of a pickle.
For me the story was about perception, stereotypes and preconceived notions of how women should behave. About their role in patriarchal society and what happens when they deviate from that dictated path. And the judgement that comes along with the deviation, depending on the actions and behaviour of said woman.
Is Becca a narcissist, a woman having a mid-life crisis, someone who is feeling unfulfilled and lonely or is she someone who was never allowed to work through her pain and trauma? That’s at the core of this quick read. Do you judge someone solely on their actions or give them the benefit of the doubt and try to figure out the why?
Jenson takes all that and creates a murder mystery around it. I do think the pivotal moment in the past came and went like a tide without leaving much of an impression. Let me be clear, I do not mean details because the scenes weren’t in any way gratuitous. I am talking about the emotional fallout from all of it, which is what led to her behaviour patterns and lack of self-worth.
I think it gives some food for thought in a sense that we never know what is behind closed doors or what kind of trauma someone might be carrying around with them. It’s a fast-paced domestic crime thriller, short but pithy.
Buy The Murderess at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Dark Edge Press pub date 1 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.