A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones

A Single ShotReviewed by Julie Moderson

Matthew F. Jones has written at least one other book, so this is not his first one. Like his previous book, A Single Shot is also very different. Jones has a style of writing unlike any I have experienced before. I don’t know how to describe it but he seems to like graphic violence, very detailed descriptions and some unusual sexual scenes.

The basic pretense for A Single Shot is a young girl, Ingrid Banes, is accidentally shot by John Moon while he is poaching deer. John Moon is a likeable character and he seems to be a very intelligent man. He is horrified when he shot Ingrid and is torn between turning himself in or hiding her body. While John tries to decide what to do, he temporarily hides Ingrid’s body and finds a bag with a tremendous amount of money. John’s wife and son have left him and the money might be an answer to his prayers.

I laughed out loud at some parts that were so absurd and found myself rereading many parts to make sure that I understood what the author was trying to convey. I liked parts of A Single Shot but it wasn’t what I expected it to be.

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