The author of Francis Laurent reached out to me to see if I wanted to give it an honest review. I gave it a try because it’s set in Birmingham. Let’s get into my thoughts.
Birmingham, Alabama is a bustling city at the time of Prohibition. It’s hard to enforce the law during such a corrupt time. After the brutal murder of his partner, Francis Laurent takes matters into his own hands. His estranged daughter Raina finally tells his story.
My Thoughts on Francis Laurent
Francis Laurent started strong. I enjoyed meeting the characters and I enjoyed the story set up. Raina was a great narrator. However, I would have liked to learn more about her and Jacqueline. Their parts started to feel repetitive. It was just filler between Francis’s scenes.
I definitely felt like I missed a huge plot point. I would have loved to have known why Raina was in the hospital. But because there were so many unanswered questions about her, I just couldn’t connect with her.
Francis’s parts were developed well. I did enjoy them. I enjoyed the Prohibition time frame and the Birmingham setting. Even though I wish there had been more glimpses of the city.
Overall, it was a decent story. I enjoyed the good guy to bad guy aspect. The crime ring and corruption were well thought out. I just wish there had been more thought put into Raina’s side of the story.
My Rating: 3/5