Caimh McDonnell gifted (us readers) A Man With One of Those Faces with spectacular, well-developed characters, each correct in their own way. I'd doubled over in fits of laughter after every alternate page because the humor just blended in with the theme even when it was poles apart. It temporarily lightened my mood, but also added a depth to each of the characters. For instance, Paul was sarcastic at his best, Brigit, is not Artemisia I of Caria, but equally intruding and captivating and I'm never going to forget Bunny MacGarry. EVER.
In addition to the three protagonists, there are other chaotic characters who I still remember by name even when I've finished reading the book, which is a feat in itself and a serious compliment for Caimh McDonnell .
Each character had a personality and they didn't crowd the story, just added value to the plot and the scenes. The dialogues were witty, catchy and I wouldn't even wish upon a few scenarios to fall on my enemies. They were hilarious, but left me completely red-faced with rejoicing at odd moments.
The final plot twist left me winded. I DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING! And guess what, Caimh McDonnell has written one of the best acknowledgements I've read in years.
Honestly, he's raised the bar so high with A Man With One of Those Faces, I'm beginning to think other authors trying to channel humor, crime and mystery together might feel a bit overwhelmed.
Hell, I kept thinking on so many occasions - "How does he do it?"
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