All This I Will Give To You is a well-written mystery that grabbed me from the first page. The characters were well developed and brilliantly crafted to feel real and believable. Manuel was a complex character with so much depth. The author captures his grief perfectly and as the reader, you feel his pain and sense of loss. I felt a great deal of sympathy for him as he went through the ordeal of dealing with his husband’s passing and when he learned his husband had been keeping secrets from him during the time they were together.
At first, it was a little difficult to get into it, because I struggled to warm up to some of the secondary characters. But as I learned more and more about Alvaro’s dysfunctional family, I couldn’t help sympathizing with them. The book was so gripping and intense that I had to read it with some sense of detachment seeing as almost everyone was a suspect. I wasn’t sure which of the characters I could trust and this kept me on my toes and heightened my anticipation.
I loved the setting in the garden and the vineyard, and how beautifully the author describes the environment and the scenery. I was easily transported to the location in the book. I loved how the writing reflects the tone of the scene— creating an atmosphere that is inviting and eerie when necessary. The tension in this book is palpable, and the reader can feel a sense of foreboding that anything could happen at any time.
Although the plot was slow-paced, I really enjoyed the way the author carefully crafted the mystery. It had many twists and turns which were a complete surprise. Some parts of the book were intense and quite disturbing. The author created a cast of unstable characters steeped in mystery and suspense. The book was like a puzzle and each chapter was a piece that fell into place and the conclusion was satisfying and yet deeply unsettling.
If you’re looking for a gripping mystery, I couldn’t recommend this book enough. This is my first book by the author and will not be my last.
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing (1 September 2018)