Honest Book Review of Diamond City

Honest Book Review of Diamond City

An uplifting portrait of the rumors and secrets of small-town life

Arthur Moran, humble police chief of a small New York City in the 1950s, is plunged headlong into Chaos when he is called upon to solve the execute of a young girl from a nearby isolated religious group, the Diamonds.

“‘A execute, Art. have you investigated a execute? It’s not like Paul Hickham’s cattle are being stolen in the middle of the night. This is not Chris Boughman’s child setting fire to leaved Barns…”

As the matter darkens and more information is revealed, Arteta is overwhelmed by him, unfortunately to the detriment of those he cherishes. But soon the execute matter is overshadowed and forgotten.

Forty years after, ghostly doors are reopened and new evidence is revealed, and art must learn to reassess what it thought it knew.

The City of Diamonds by Marianna Boncek neglects no effort. This literary secret gives an idea of how the story could end, but the details are presented only when they become relevant — a slow but tantalizing drop of intravenous information. Each chapter leaves the reader with no guarantees of a positive or happy outcome, so we are eager to keep scrolling to see in which direction we are going.

“He felt like a tree stripped of its bark, its fresh, green pith sticking out unprotected.”

The descriptions of this story really stand out. The reader has a clear picture of their surroundings at all times, often including a smell or sound to complete the picture. Emotions, in particular, are expressed effortlessly through the channel that best suits each character, Whether thoughts, actions or others. This difference in communication works well for the wide range of characters and adds individualism given the expectations of the small town.

“Art realized that she knew. As she had discovered, he could not be sure, but she knew it. He could tell by the way she moved around the kitchen angry and deceived.”

The characters elevate this Novel to where it is. Each character with whom the protagonist interacts receives a backstory, however short it may be — the undertaker’s wife, the librarian, the cemetery gardener-each expressing some kind of growth in the period of time when they are “on the screen”, whether positive or negative.

In this city of less than 2,000 inhabitants, neighbors know each other by name, have known each other for years and always find satisfaction by judging each other based on their body appearance and their personal but different ideals for their common city. These judgments are sometimes accompanied by a snobbish attitude and an occasional racism that make the townspeople the greatest obstacles of art in its search for answers.

“It would only be a short matter of time before the tongues of Fosterdale stirred up the speculation.”

Self-discovery, practicality and confidence play a key role for the inhabitants of Fosterdale. From the pace of the story to the palpable paranoia and tension of the characters, this Novel is wonderful for Fans of realistic fiction looking for a captivating and emotional story.

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