no strings book coverReviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

One of the best parts of reading a book is going through the first few pages and immediately knowing if you are going to catch on, sink in and enjoy the ride. SaFranko’s writing style, his humor and sarcasm, comes to life throughout No Strings and even though I did not want to like Richard Martzen’s character, I inadvertently did.

Richard, a typical man who thinks he can go under the radar undetected, hatches a fool-proof love affair with Gretchen. Richard is bored and boring, lonely and has nothing better to do with his time other than create a new life outside of the one he has a responsibility to. He appears to have it all and when they say that “money can’t buy happiness,” Richard lives up to that. The problem with Richard’s plan is that Gretchen goes missing and a mess ensues, turning things deadly.

The book was a quick read for me, suspenseful and somewhat humorous. Richard is unlikeable but SaFranko’s writing style is quite the opposite. This is a classic story of not being able to have your cake and eat it too and who hasn’t wanted both before in life? I read that SaFranco had initially written this as a short story and eventually pursued it further to make it into a novel and I am so glad he did. If you are looking to be sucked in from line one, this is a great read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Rebecca is passionate and insane, empathetic and aggressive, loud and predictable. She loves reading, writing, shopping and creating. She is what she is and it may not be what the world wants but it is what it is. Love.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas & Mercer. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.