The Snail Man
by: Victoria Benchley
At first I found ‘The Snail Man’ a bit slow. Until . . .
We are introduced to Kathryn, a young widow, still grieving the loss of her beloved husband, Mark, three years ago. Kathryn seems a bit of a recluse, living all alone with nothing more than her husband’s memories for company, a few close friends at her job, and one elderly neighbor who seems to be always keeping an eye on her.
Ms. Benchley fleshes out these characters into quite likable sorts. You can’t help but feel that you know them personally.
As the story unfolds, we see Kathryn trying to overcome her solitary life. She wants to move forward. She realizes she has been a bit negligent in truly knowing those who surround and support her. She starts going out on a few dates, meets several possible suitors, one of them, Roger, a quite rich and influential man in the community.
And then she meets . . . the ‘Snail’ man.
The twists and turns, the mystery surrounding Kathryn on her journey, will keep you guessing page after page. You think you have it figured out, and then another page turn, and you’re still guessing.
Kudos to Ms. Benchley for a well-crafted, very intriguing story. A plot so unlike anything I have ever read.
I highly recommend to all who enjoy a slower paced novel filled with romance – suspense – cozy mystery.