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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
The chief protagonist of Obsession is Benny, a mentally challenged man of forty-two who breaks into strangers' homes, not to steal anything of value, mind you, except maybe some extra food. It is just a need he has. We serve as a witness as he sits in a stranger's comfortable chair, or listens to their stereo, or watches what is on their television while they are out of the house. Benny does clean up after himself so he leaves no trace that he was ever there. Benny has an older landlady named Leila, who has a colorful past and also has certain needs that Benny can provide. He has a job on the night shift of a warehouse, where he drives a forklift despite his handicap. The story gets even more interesting when Benny becomes enamored with a young woman named Olivia that he meets near his neighborhood. He wants to love her and protect her like his favorite heroes from the movies.
Obsession (A Crime of the Heart) (Noir Nights Book 3) by Robin Storey will grab the reader in a tight hold starting on the first page. The author creates a complicated but empathic character in Benny and a cast of supporting characters that are fleshed out quite well in but a few sentences of each chapter of Obsession. The motivation of Benny’s actions will keep the reader guessing where they lead him, right up to the end. An engrossing, well-written tale that will keep the reader thoroughly engaged.