Black & African American Urban Fiction Reviews From BookViral

"Phillip Keels gets straight to the heart of the matter..."

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0CSZK8631
  • Publication date: ‎ February 2, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 95 pages
  • Genre: Black & African American Urban Fiction

 

The BookViral Review:

If you’re looking for a read about infidelity, you may want to drop what you’re doing and read Future Consequences. A novella and book one in Phillip Keels’ East End series which gets straight to the heart of the matter with an uncomfortable, but realistic look at cheating that shows how the consequences often end up hurting the wrong people, intertwined with the reality of living with an abusive husband.

Keels is a keen observer who filters out superfluous detail and through his alternating perspectives of Navy man Chill and Chantelle he brings a disquieting edge to his story that rarely feels deliberate as they teeter on the edge of monumental decisions.  And with Keels orchestrating whiplash changes of mood and unexpected in direction his narrative is unashamedly egocentric, misogynistic and as real as it gets.

Underpinned by authentic dialogue you can imagine Keels writing Future Consequences with a wry smile on his face and by the end of the book, it’s hard not to feel close to Chill and Chantelle. But Future Consequences is not simply a novel about love and sex, though both have their place. It’s about an idea. About ingrained prejudices, missed opportunities and events beyond our control. It’s about not letting life slip through our fingers. About seizing the moment and all the scenes between Chill and Chantel underpin this idea with Keels hitting the right narrative notes and shadings.

Firmly sitting in novella territory Future Consequences may be a quick read but it is far from predictable with an unexpected that will leave readers on tenterhooks and waiting for the next release in Keels Series. If you are a reader looking to explore the often painful consequences of infidelity it’s one you may want to consider!

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