Parallel Lines is the story of an unusual bank robbery.  Adam is a desperate man – he’s terminally ill, and he want to make sure there is enough money to care for his special needs son after his death.  Obviously, the solution is to rob a bank.  He sets to work finding out how to maximize the amount of money he can steal from a bank.

Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.   A man ends up dead, and Adam is in hot water – and to top it off, there’s a critical problem with his plan to get the money.  Instead of turning him over to the police, the bank employees concoct a plan to help him get away.  Why on earth would they do that?  Well, it seems that many of the characters are not exactly what they appear to be on the surface. 

Story

The story has an interesting premise and there were a lot of well-constructed plot elements.  Unfortunately, it stalls a bit in the middle – there’s a long stretch where not much seems to be happening.  I think I would have enjoyed the book more if had been about 75 pages shorter.

Characters

Many of the characters had depth and were engaging.  A couple of them came off a bit flat.  I think trimming the cast could have made the remaining characters more engaging.  The initial main character fades back into the group, and other characters take turns running with the plot.

Verdict

Parallel Lines is a pretty good book that had the potential to be even better.  In my opinion, trimming the size of the ensemble case would have also helped a bit with the pacing of the book.  There are a couple of characters that just don’t add much to the book, and the time spent on their back stories just adds to the length without providing much value to the story.

Ultimately, though, I did enjoy the book.  It’s a strange (and fun) premise and the first and last thirds of the book are very good.

Parallel Lines goes on sale March 14.

[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Parallel Lines for review purposes.]

 

 

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Kosmo is the founder of The Soap Boxers and writes on a variety of topics. Many of his short stories have been collected into Kindle books.

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