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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ordinary Suicide is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and cross-cultural sub-genres and was penned by author Robert D. Rice II. Written for adults due to its complex thematic content and some intense scenes, this highly imaginative and descriptive novel takes us through the trials and tribulations of the life of protagonist Jack Dillon. Springing forward from its period 1940s prologue, the story travels from Chicago to Indonesia and to Hawaii, presenting a richly cultural adventure as Jack arrests, marries and hunts down the elusive Deja. What results is an emotive journey to the source of love, and how encapsulating and damaging it can be.
Author Robert D. Rice II captivates audiences from the very opening of this highly engaging novel by his use of atmospheric scenery descriptions and intense dialogue that brings the action of the scenes to life. This immersive quality continues throughout the work, highlighting the many locations that make up the journey theme of the work. The chase itself is intense and emotive, and I enjoyed the character work done with Jack so that we understand his motivations, even if we don’t always agree with them. He is a vigilant and realistic protagonist that drives the plot on, enveloping us in mystery, heartache, and exploration as we go. Overall, I would certainly recommend Ordinary Suicide as an engaging novel for fans of intense personal drama, unlikely yet passionate relationships and relatable heroes who leap off the page in every scene.