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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
What a fantastic book I just finished! The Absolution of Otto Finkel, the newest book by author John R. McKay, was a book that I simply could not put down once I started it. Following the story of five childhood friends, Jack, Francis, Otto, Jean-Luc and Marco into their adulthood, the story recounts their lives in a poignant and meaningful way throughout war torn Europe. After their shared and traumatic experience in childhood, in which a man dies and Otto ends up physically scarred, their lives will never be the same. And when they become young men, each fighting for their own country in their own way, the most emotionally damaged of the group, Otto, is an SS officer and continues to be haunted by the past. What will happen to this group of childhood friends? You'll need to read the book to find out.
I loved this book. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's certainly the way I truly felt about The Absolution of Otto Finkel. Author John R. McKay has a real way with words, and has a gift in creating characters that his readers will relate to, connect with and truly care about. His ability to take his readers back to the time period is second to none, and readers will feel as if they can simply slip through the pages into war torn Europe. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a great war story, or simply a great read of fiction in general should absolutely grab this book. I highly recommend The Absolution of Otto Finkel, and I look forward to reading more from the very talented author, John R. McKay, as soon as I possibly can!