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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Starving Men by S.E. Finkielman is a thriller about a killer on the loose and a madman controlling him. Michael is a successful psychiatrist who counsels people with a connection to the Irish Republican Army one way or another. He thought this would be his contribution to the IRA, but that all changed when his latest patient came for help. Turlough O’Sullivan may seem like a simple man, but he is a murderer. He came to Michael to seek help for his OCD, but Michael has a job for him. Michael wants Turlough to kill just a few men to pay for the sins of their ancestors. But Turlough has to be discreet and be able to do it all without getting caught. Sadly, for them, the murders have caught the attention of Irish police detective Maggie O’Malley who will stop at nothing until she gets the sick person behind these murders. What will happen in this cat and mouse game?
Starving Men by S.E. Finkielman is rich in history and shows how deep the wounds can run. Michael, Maggie, and Turlough are three very different characters with very different lives and each of them gets an opportunity to share their story with readers. I enjoyed how the author provided ample page space to all three of them for the reader to become invested in their background stories. I loved the chase and Maggie’s drive to find who was killing these people in cold blood. The author described Turlough's mental state very clearly, giving just enough information for the reader to draw their own conclusions and feel trapped in his mind. Michael, on the other hand, is a character that I loved to hate. He is driven mad by his obsession and he will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. All three of them show a different angle to the picture and each angle completes the story. The narrative is smooth, the story flows seamlessly and the atmosphere of the setting gave me chills. This is exactly what I expect to feel when I read a thriller.