Review: Accidents: A Legal Misadventure by Phillip Rohlin

Posted: October 6, 2015 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Phillip Rohlin

Paperback, 198 pages

Published in 2014 by Outskirts Press

Genres:  New Adult, Fiction

Synopsis:  This is a story about borderline attorneys, their employees and associates, all yearning for a different life and devising madcap schemes that embroil them in seriously troubling entanglements. . One of them has withdrawn from the stresses of the profession and is trying to live a life of quiet contemplation and self-discovery in isolation at the beach, but he is constantly drawn back into the chaos engendered by his friends. His life- changing discoveries have taken him on a journey into the martial arts and to an unforgettable friendship with the great writer Henry Miller. His friends turn to him to help them untangle hopeless complications resulting from their misadventures. One of leading characters commits a heinous murder that upsets the delicate balance of trust and interdependence that holds their world together. It changes the street dynamic and causes their lives to be engulfed in increasingly disruptive turmoil. A love story is interwoven throughout between the attorney protagonist and a lovely woman. She ridicules his self-involvement and world view, and wants him to relate to her in ways he finds spurious and unrealizable. Their fluctuating relationship resonates throughout the bizarre events elaborated in the story.

My Review:  Giving a bad review is never easy but most times is necessary.  I stuck with this book only because I promised a review, however I will not be keeping it and will not recommend it to anyone.

It is not merely the case that this book is full of lawyers with very strange sexual perversions and the synopsis doesn’t quite seem to add up to the actual story, but the writing comes up short as well.  I will elaborate.

I have never claimed to be an expert on the English language, but I am college educated.  The first chapter alone had 15 words in it that I had to look up the meaning.  These aren’t your run of the mill $5 words that smart people use, these are words that no one uses.  The book continued this way and it got to the point where I glossed over the words without looking up their meaning which could take away from the story.  Here is an example of a sentence in the book:

“Everything is moving and roaring vertiginously, circumambiently, embracing and parting; a furious Hieronymus Bosch landcape with a madcap soundtrack.”  My computer doesn’t even know what vertiginously and circumambiently mean.  I could venture a guess, but writing like this is very cumbersome and not enjoyable to read.  Surely there are other intelligent words that could have been used here.

The point of view changes so frequently, that it becomes confusing with regards to who is speaking, and who the author is speaking to.  This is also a downer.

When it comes to the sexual perversion, I am sure that there is an audience for that, but it won’t be found here.  I just wish that the synopsis made this clear so that I could have passed on this review.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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