As someone who primarily reads young adult lit and classics, I wasn’t sure what to except when I picked up The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda L. Baker. I knew the basic plot: a fourty-something man collapses in a diner with two wallets, which later leads the reader to find out that he has two wives. What I didn’t know was how hooked I would be to Baker’s story. I could relate to the two wives of Mr. McCoy. Having been through a messy divorce myself, I could sympathize with the women who were trying to cope with the fact that their husband’s life was a series of lies.
The story flips between a series of character, but the transitions are easy to follow. Baker uses characters such as an investigator and his sister to show more sides to the mystery known as McCoy. I found myself wanting to know what happens next. I wanted to know if the wives would forgive their husband and if they would be able to move on from such a disaster.
The plot itself is never tedious or boring. Baker uses an effective style of mixing descriptions and dialogue so that people like me won’t be bored with paragraphs describing a scene. She adds a few twists by uncovering a third life that belonged to McCoy, which I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed the flashbacks of all the characters’ lives. It added more shape to each of their personalities. The ending didn’t leave the reader hanging so much as wrapped everything up neatly and quickly.
All-in-all, I was more than pleasantly surprised by The Elusive Mr. McCoy. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters and guessing what would come next. I found the storyline easy to follow and very interesting. I can’t think of a single thing I would change about this book. It was a great, fast read that I would recommend to anyone who’s ever found themselves caught in a relationship filled with lies and love.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
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