We all have that one weird relative in the family, right? You know the one I’m talking about: dresses weird, talks weird. Your family talks in hushed whispers about how they’re ‘just not right.’
Meet Uncle Herbert. He happens to be that guy. And now he’s gone and dragged his nephew, Andrew, into the fray.
The events of this novel fit right into the eccentricities of Uncle Herbert. It’s a wild ride from start to finish.
The story was neat and tidy. Well thought-out, and finishes with questions answered. For the most part, every character served a crucial role to the story. I say ‘for the most part,’ and I’ll get to that in a minute.
While well-written, there was a lot of uninterrupted dialogue. Properly spaced, mind you, but it felt like one long speech when characters talked sometimes. There was no action to break it up. It was excellent exposition and the information was necessary. It didn’t need to be all at once, though. In some parts, it did serve to jump the narrative ahead, especially given the time frame.
Some of the character interactions felt forced, as did the love story. Remember when I said each character served a crucial role to the story? Avril didn’t. She felt thrust into the narrative to serve as nothing more than the love interest. Her character doesn’t feel as rounded as the others. I like how it ended, I didn’t particularly care for how we got there. The character development was okay. Andrew’s was the most notable, as expected of first person narratives. I wish some of the supporting characters had a little more to them, though.
The author takes great care in how the story unfolds. Character placement and personality become very important, something they manage to reflect. What I liked most was how the author managed to weave little seeds of doubt for the loyalties of the characters. It kind of felt like I was playing Clue. As the cast expands, readers analyze every detail to try and predict how the story will turn out. Because of this, Uncle Herbert isn’t as predictable as it first seems.
There’s some minor editing needed. It’s not enough to tear the reader out of the story.
Uncle Herbert was a book of unique tastes, much like the man himself. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this novel, but I can say I wasn’t disappointed. Adjusting the way the reader’s given information would help how the narrative progresses. Uncle Herbert is a very worthwhile read.