Book Review: The Sacrifice of Lester Yates by Robin Yocum

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Justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some see an innocent victim. Others will see evil incarnate getting exactly what’s deserved.

Emily Thorne (ABC television series Revenge)

Known as the Egypt Valley Strangler, Lester Yates is one of the most infamous serial killers known. Ohio cannot wait to see him executed. However, things take a 360 degree turn when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren comes across evidence that suggests otherwise. Is Lester Yates really the Egypt Valley Strangler? Or is he just the victim of politics? As Van Buren battles the clock and the system he is a part of, the reader embarks on a journey of politics, betrayal, compassion, and suspense.

The book is fast-paced and intriguing. The plot is well-laid, the characters are interesting, and as for what happens to Lester Yates has me hooked till the last word. Yocum takes you on a journey filled with strong and powerful characters, including Van Buren, his secretary- Margaret Benning, and Liberatore.

The story has well-developed characters, and they all have their backstories and strengths and weaknesses that impact the storyline. Even though the book is a political thriller, there is more to it than just politics, politicians, and prison. The book does include humor and shows its characters in a softer light as well. While the conclusion is not suspenseful, it is the journey to get to it that is exhilarating.

This book has kept me awake at night, and I have read till I ended up drooling on my kindle. I truly enjoyed the book and give it 5/5 stars. I haven’t checked for the correctness of the political terminologies or processes used, and hence, it does not impact my rating. For readers who have loved the work of Elmore Leonard and E. Annie Proulx, this should be your next read. Thanks, NetGalley, and Skyhorse Publishing, for the DRC.

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Born as a book lover, my blog is completely dedicated to writing book reviews. I commonly review fiction books including thrillers, historical fiction and fantasy. However you may find me reviewing non-fiction as well. I strongly believe- "Never judge a book by it's cover." To follow me on Instagram: @review_thick_and_thin

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