Reviewed by Jennifer J.
Freddy Builder loathes the classy Philadelphia department store where he works as a china manager. Surely he is destined for bigger and greater things, like the writing career that he has always desired but had never worked hard enough to achieve. When former love interest Mindi Quintana walks into his department and is captivated by the beautiful displays he has created, Freddy seizes the opportunity to reconnect with her.
Mindi, who now has a writing career of her own, agrees to review and provide feedback on Freddy’s writing. Though Mindi is clear that she only wants to be his friend, Freddy has convinced himself otherwise. After learning he has been declared Manager of the Year at Chanet’s and having his latest advances toward Mindi rejected, Freddy makes an impulsive decision that ends with murder.
Philip, the DA assigned to represent the “China Manager”, is disgusted with Freddy as he basks in media attention. Now that Freddy is a someone, even if it’s for committing a heinous crime, literary agents are begging to represent him, a journalist is helping him write articles about life in prison, and a future bestseller about his relationship with Mindi is in the works. Philip wishes for a way to stop Freddy, even if it means a killer goes free. When a piece of evidence that will put Freddy behind bars presents itself, will Philip turn his back on the law?
From the very first chapter of The Killing of Mindi Quintana, Freddy Builder’s lack of soul and compassion is evident. The question I kept asking myself as I read was, “if I can see it, why can’t Mindi?” In a sense, I felt that Mindi did see that something wasn’t quite right in Freddy’s mind. She was hesitant to spend time with him and seemed uncomfortable when she was with him. Realistically, I don’t think a girl like Mindi would have spent any time with Freddy, which made parts of this book a bit unbelievable for me.
Jeffrey A. Cohen’s basic plot is an interesting one, but his writing skills and execution seemed lacking to me. The characters were dull and rather lifeless, the writing was choppy and unpolished, and the suspense was minimal. Though the ending was a little unexpected, it wasn’t enough to carry the rest of the novel.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
A review copy was provided free of any obligation by Welcome Rain Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.