Book Reviews

Trench Coat Pal

trench-coat-palAuthor: M.J. Neary

Pages: 239 (Ebook)

Publisher: Crossroad Press; Mystique Press First Digital Edition

Release Date: May 2, 2016

Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.


“Trench Coat Pal”, written by M. J. Neary, has multiple points-of-view, meaning that it not only follows the story of Glen, who is determined to avenge his father’s death, but it also focus on Ciaran Hayes, a money-and-dogs-obsessed psychiatrist with a few bad habits, and on Marnie, his bipolar and anorexic daughter.

This book was filled to the brim with action; there was always something going on to keep the reader interested. Although the story itself wasn’t filled with incredible twists, the shadow of suspense was constantly hovering over the characters, enticing you to keep turning those pages.

Nevertheless, there are some details which I find slightly unbelievable (SPOILERS AHEAD): I don’t understand how Glen was able to give up on recreational drugs so easily and how Drew, as a professional psychiatrist, didn’t think that it would be wise to seek a second opinion regarding his disease. I also think that Glen’s plan was inexistent from the start. His aims were basically to ruin Ciaran’s reputation and to go to bed with his mistress, considering himself an avenging hero for doing it. Yes, Ciaran was completely destroyed in the end, but it wasn’t really thanks to Glen’s plan – his main goal, which I believe was to clear his own father’s name, wasn’t fulfilled at all. Additionally, the book has a lot of medical jargon which might cause the reader’s attention to drift from the story itself at some points.

Despite these issues, I still liked this book and I surely recommend it. It is an easy read and you will automatically dive into the rotting, rich society of the nineties. It is also quite humorous, especially when the writing is done in Glen’s point-of-view, meaning that it will make you laugh at some points and make you grit your teeth with anxiety as you wait for the ending to be unveiled.

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