Tuesday 30 October 2012

The Man with the Green Suitcase

The Man With the Green Suitcase

Source: eARC 
What does...
A prostitute,
A corrupt businessman,and
A disfigured young woman

Have in common with a mysterious, old homeless man who carries a green suitcase?

The old man comes into people’s lives because it is important for them to experience the visions that he is somehow able to show them—visions that even he doesn’t understand. But whoever he connects with will go through a transformation that will change the course of their life, for better or worse. The old man has no memory of who he is or even what the suitcase holds. But one day he will find out all about his own secret and dark past…

This story is magical realism, realistic with paranormal elements, a mystery that needs to be solved, and a man and woman who will finally realize that they were meant to come into each other’s lives and remain forever.

From Goodreads

RF's Review...

The Man with the green suitcase by Dee Doanes

This book touches on so many aspects and characters of real life.  Bad business men, prositutes, a loving mother missing her daughter, a broken daughter, and a old homeless man.
While at first their stories all seem seperate they weave together perfectly at the end. 

My favorite character was Valerie.  I was so upset when Gerald broke up with her after he found out she had been a prositute (because let's be honest, Gerald had a bit of a shaddy past as well!) but so happy when they got back together.  I feel like those two needed each other to become the best version of their new selves!

I also really like how the "old man" never used the visions to try and prosper or get futher ahead. He simply passed on the vision to the person who needed it and then left well enough along.  He was a simple man but he stuck to what he felt was right and did not let himself get bullied around by other people.  He lived his life for himself and that really ingrigued the other people around him to want to learn more about him.

I wasn't crazy about the mother/daughter relationship between Lee & Chantal.  I felt like the relationship needed to be explored a little more to really make it come alive.  I feel like all we knew about Chantal was that she could not accept her disfigured face that she desperatly wanted healed.  That need to be healed drover her to do many things and eventually landed her the job of the keeper of the green suitcase.

Overall, this book was a good, quick read.  3.5/5


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