Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anton Mackey is a man with everything. At least, he seems to be on the surface. He has a rising career as a private attorney, a lovely wife, a beautiful daughter; he and his family live in an idyllic neighborhood that most people dream about. Sure, there are troubles that plague this family, the same as any other, but all in all things are looking up. Life is good, and the future is better. Except Anton has a past, too, and something has been looming, bearing down on him from that history, just waiting for the chance to strike. Soon, everything will change, and the life he’s struggled so hard to build will come crashing down around him. And the worst part of it all: Anton Mackey has no one to blame but himself. (Summary via Amazon.com)
The Victim is full of flashbacks to Anton Mackey’s past. He made a horrible mistake, and got away with it–except now it seems he didn’t. The past is sneaking up on him, threatening to destroy his legal career and his young family. It’s a tense ride of a novel, as you slowly see Anton’s past revealed and the way it is about to crash into his life again.
I have to admit, I did not actually finish this book. It just wasn’t the book for me. However, I could totally see how others might like it, so let me lay out some of the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.
Why you might like The Victim:
- The writing is very good. Matheny is an experienced Miami lawyer himself, so Anton Mackey and the events of his daily life are reliably accurate and interesting.
- The plot will keep you hooked. After I decided to DNF this book, I skipped to the end so I could see what happened to Anton. I wished I had been able to hang in there just to see what went down.
Why I didn’t finish The Victim:
- Anton is kind of a terrible person. I had real difficulty in caring about his punishments because I felt he really deserved them. It’s not a requirement that you like the main character, of course, but I really couldn’t get behind Anton or any of his actions.
- There’s a fair amount of sex, violence, and language.
I hope these bullet points will help you decide whether this book is the one for you! I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Victim if you decide to read it.