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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The One: Chronicle of a Crime by Konstantina Kalliontzi keeps readers intrigued over the events leading to the thirty-year anniversary of the death of the Greek leader, Andreas Chrysovergis. This leader headed a rebellion that formed a stronger country, only for it to crumble after his mysterious assassination. Two professors, Angela Varnas and Fotis Makris, take on the ideal job of writing about their idol, Andreas, while working with those closest to him. Before they begin their work, they have to deal with the new owner of the publishing house that holds their contact, and this pompous man wants to turn the hero, Andreas, into a scandalous tyrant. As the deadline comes closer, so does whoever holds the answers to Andreas’s death. Can they write the book and protect this powerful family from greater heartache?
Konstantina Kalliontzi opens up a political family and the stress placed on them as the world views their grief and precious shared moments. The One: Chronicle of a Crime combines suspense and family devotion in this thrilling novel centered on a man of grand vision and dedication. The story rotates around distinct characters, giving a full spectrum of the impact Andreas had on their lives and how the book being written affects their future. The author gives each character their own personality and voice. It mesmerized me with the mystery behind Andreas’s death as the book being written about his life dug up evidence leading to the killer. Overall, I could not put this complex novel down as layers of secrets were unfolded. I felt I stepped into a world of influential leaders who struggle harder just to keep their relationships strong and closely knit.