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Monday, March 31, 2008 7:11 pm
FICTION FOR AND ABOUT THE PARANOID
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

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NOW YOU SEE HIM by Eli Gottlieb   

Nick Framingham has spent his entire life believing he is the shadow of his childhood best friend, Rob Castor.  Obsessed might be the optimum word.  When Rob murders his girlfriend, Kate Pierce, and then disappears, Nick’s entire life disintegrates as he tries to justify the actions of his friend by searching through his past, present and future.  Nick tests his relationship with his wife Lucy and his sons, Dwight and Will.  Once the mystery of Rob needs to be solved, Nick finds himself rekindling a relationship with Rob’s wild child sister, Belinda.  Nick even gets a chance to re-examine his childhood and his relationship with his parents.  What makes this novel so interesting is the way that Gottlieb decided to tell us the story.  We know important details early but the reader should be aware that these details should be held suspect.  As the reader shifts back and forth, meeting new characters, learning important details, the novel propels forward with an excellent use of suspense techniques to drive to its surprising and disturbing conclusion.  What is intriguing about this narrative is the reliability of Nick as a narrator and the nature of his makeup.  All of this should provide plenty of fodder for any book discussion group.


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