Novel Review: False Light
By Rebecca Benson
“False Light,” written by Eric Dezenhall, follows Sandy “Fuse” Petty on a nerve-wracking quest. A pursuit of revenge that is. With a friend of the family being wronged, Fuse believes it to be his only objective to right this wrong. However, Fuse’s scheme comes at a tumultuous time in his life. Sandy is in the midst of an investigation of his own within his job as an investigative reporter. He finds he must call upon professional contacts to set up his mastermind plan. Sandy must juggle everyone and everything to keep those plates spinning; without losing his job, friends, family, and his reputation along the way.
“False Light” is captivating within the first chapter. The characters are incredibly likable; Sandy, exceptionally. Sandy is a mature character, with a college-bound youth still living at home. I found myself chuckling during certain interactions between himself and his daughter. Sandy is extremely sarcastic and technology disadvantaged. It was a wonder to read: how one so inept in technology pulls off a stunt in an automated world! Dezenhall did a terrific job in weaving current events and politics into this novel! As I said earlier, it held my attention! The antagonist is one we’ve all seen before. But Sandy is the perfect antithesis and the guy for the avenging. And because of the familiar political and social climates and movements portrayed, the story was believable.
Additionally, I always appreciate it when authors show their knowledge when doing their research. Utilizing quotes, crime methods, social reforms, etc., it is evident that Dezenhall has done his homework! It adds depth to his storytelling.
This stellar book comes out at the end of this month! So be sure to keep checking your digital reading app for its release!
Rating: FOUR Pastrami Nations out of FIVE
Rebecca Benson currently resides in the mountains of California. A mother of one daughter, she has a love for pop culture, with a knack for Disney, Harry Potter, and is currently an educator for the hearing impaired. An avid reader, she jumped deeper into the world of comic books in 2020, with her interest piqued in the independent scene.