Book Reviews

The View that Disappeared by Jamie McNabb

I got this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you, Jamie McNabb and Goodreads!

The View that Disappeared is about a married, old couple living in a retirement home of sorts. Fellow gummers stop dropping dead and our sassy protagonists start sticking their noses where they shouldn’t be stuck. My thoughts? I loved the first 180 pages of the book. The remaining? Not so much.

Goodreads synopsis:

32496643When octogenarians Jack and Betty Luckner move into a high-rise retirement center, they expect to make certain adjustments. An efficiency kitchen. A one-star dining room.

They do not expect their fellow residents to start dropping dead at the dinner table.

Armed with only an iron-willed sense of justice, Jack and Betty set out to track down the serial killer . . . before anyone can put a stop to their efforts.

Drawing on the traditions of Dashiell Hammett and Monty Python, The View that Disappeared serves up a five-star collation of inventive murders, gallows humor, and courage.


Don’t you love the synopsis? Octogenarians investigating possible homicides has bestseller written all over it. The premise is brilliant and the writing is AMAZING. Throw into the mix the sense of humor and sass of Jack Luckner, and you get a perfect first 180 pages.

I didn’t particularly care for the ending. It felt a little contrived. There was no motive for the killings and don’t give me any of that “psychopath” bull. This book doesn’t really work that well as a mystery.

Having said that, I would still recommend this book to people. Why? The humor. It’s brilliant. There’s a lot of sass and gallows humor going on in the book. The tone of the protagonist through most of the book follows the style of dark humor, which is exactly the kind of humor that I like. There were several pages were I was snorting loudly. And that is what people should read this for. If Jamie McNabb ever dabbles in the humor genre, I would definitely like to check the book out. I’m sure it will be a bestseller.

Rating: 3 out of 5

What did you think of my review? Do you like dark humor? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

~ Shruti

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