My review of “The Snail Man” by: Victoria Benchley


5 Star

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.

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About Ethel Lewis

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1948 "Texan born and Texan bred." Currently live in Galveston, Texas. I share my home with my four friends and companions---all of which have four legs and very furry bodies. Two cats, two dogs. What's that old expression? "Jack of all trades, master of none." That pretty well describes me. Earned a living grooming dogs and cats for thirty years, drove an eighteen-wheeler for nearly ten years. Raised two wonderful children, a son and a daughter--both now grown, have 5 grand-kids, and 2 great-grand-kids. Love 'em all. I recently retired, and am excited to finally find the time to do what I enjoy doing most - Writing the stories and telling the tales, born in my imagination...
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