Review: “Fanatic,” Jamie Lohmeyer

Pros: Tension increases later on
Cons: Slow start
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Jamie Lohmeyer’s Fanatic is a suspense in which author Michael Viola returns to his home town and finds himself embroiled in a murder case. Richard, a high school bully who made Michael miserable, has been viciously killed. While Michael fights to keep out of the mess, he gets dragged deeper and deeper.

Just to get this out of the way: the grammar isn’t great. A number of words are used improperly. It reads as though the author used a number of terms s/he has heard but not seen in use, such that s/he occasionally picks a word that sounds like the right one, but isn’t.

Male Mary Sue characters seem much rarer than female, but Fanatic proves Mary Sues aren’t exclusive to women. Everybody has or has had a thing for Michael, or at least it certainly feels that way. Everything centers around him.

It took more than half the book before I felt that we really leaped into the plot, and I hit 75% through before I felt pulled into the events. Unfortunately, one of the bad guys pulled the ultimate cliche–explaining everything to the main character:

“I’d like to tell [everything] to you from the very beginning because I don’t want you to be confused about anything.”

Some elements of the climax of the book seemed a little anti-climactic, and the denouement went on a bit too long.

Fanatic is okay, but not great.

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