Saturday, May 13, 2023

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come by Will Leitch
5/16/23; 304 pages

The Time Has Come by Will Leitch is a highly recommended character study following seven people leading up to a dramatic event when one of them has a psychological break and takes matters into her own hands. The story is set in Athens, Georgia and culminates at Lindbergh’s Pharmacy, a long established local store. The opening chapter gives readers insight into what may be happening in the future and then the intervening chapters introduce us to these people.

The characters are the star of the novel and all of them are portrayed as complex, realistic individuals. Characters include: Tina Lamm, a fourth grade teacher; Theo, the heir to the Lindbergh Pharmacy; Daphne, a nurse and military veteran; Dorothy, a widow trying to recover from her grief; Jason, a building contractor and concerned father; Karson, a lawyer who works at a nonprofit organization; David, a musician and recovering alcoholic.

The chapters fully establish these characters, with insight into their daily lives, concerns, and goals. You will care about these characters. The suspense builds as the final scene is carefully foreshadowed throughout the novel until you reach the culminating final scene where the diverse cast is all involved. The final encounter is expected, but the event itself is full of tension. The Time Has Come is an excellent choice for those who appreciate excellent character development in a suspense novel.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins via Edelweiss.

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