Review: Perfect Flaw by Frank Spinelli
When newly-minted Dr. Angelo Perrotta joins an exclusive concierge medical practice, he believes he has found success. His charismatic colleague, Demetre Kostas only adds to the promise of the new job. But when a series of tragic events transform his dream job into a nightmare, Angelo is confronted by disturbing accusations and the even more troubling cop, Jason Murphy. Now Angelo must unravel the secret entanglements surrounding him not just to save his career, but his life.
Dear Frank Spinelli,
I am going to trust that the description of the medical settings is correct in your book based on the the fact that “physician” is listed as your profession in the bio. I am going to trust that the descriptions were true to reality (or generalized just enough to remain reality). Unfortunately after I finished this book, I was absolutely confused as to what genre this book is supposed to be. The quote from a review in the blurb of the book promised “twisty, suspenseful, sensual thriller”. Sensual? Opinions may differ on that, but what I want to know is how the book can be characterized as thriller. Oh, there were two suspenseful moments in the last quarter of the book and by suspenseful moments I mean that the main character was in the fear for his life. That is enough to call it thriller? In my opinion probably not. Twisty? Oh no, not at all, one plot twist is not enough for me, I am sorry. Everything else was a little boring and predictable.
The main character’s life unravels pretty much almost from the beginning till probably the last quarter of the book (that’s when he stops making stupid decisions and starts accepting and dealing with the consequences of his actions), but once again is it a thriller? I don’t know. I would probably call it a medical drama with a strange character arc for the main character. Someone who wants to be rich because of the tough childhood?
Okay, but I felt like I was supposed to feel that working in a successful medical practice that can help you make a lot of money is not a good thing even if you are not doing anything shady (plenty of shady things happening at this specific practice don’t get me wrong, but because of some character choices I got this feeling that this is what I was supposed to walk away with).
Also most importantly I am still not sure what was appealing about the main character. It is not that I thought he was a horrible person, even if he made plenty of terrible decisions. You could see he cared about his patients in the best way, so that was lovely, but he was just so stupid – oh my god. And in order to care about him facing consequences (and he did, he certainly did not escape unscathed, I was glad for that), I had to care for him from the beginning, and I just did not. I want to be rich, so anything and everything counts? I feel that this review is not very clear and contradictory, but I do know that I did not enjoy this book all that much. It was competently written, but very much not my cup of tea.
There was something I liked in this book. I liked Jason, the main character’s love interest. I did not think of this story as a full blown romance, but there were romantic elements in the story.
PS. There is a murder too, but I highly recommend not to think of this book as a mystery either.