Frame 232 by Wil Mara focuses on the mysterious “Babushka lady,” a woman who appeared in the main film of the Kennedy assassination but who, to this day, has never come forward and has never been identified despite thousands of people’s attempts to find her.
What if the Babushka lady was still alive today?
Better yet what if, as so many have theorized, she really was filming the assassination and has kept the film hidden all these years?
Frame 232 is a Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory turned into a modern fictional thriller. As I sit here and write this book review, I can’t believe that I actually enjoyed a fictional account of the Kennedy assassination.
I can’t go into the plot too much lest I give it away, but I will say that I was hooked after the first chapter (which is saying a lot because I’m majorly sleep deprived and a book really has to drag me in for me to focus on it these days). The person who ends up with the historic Babushka film must go on the run and decide how she can bring the people responsible for Kennedy’s assassination to justice without being assassinated herself. She pairs up with an adventurer billionaire after deciding he’s the only person she can trust.
Here’s what I did like:
- It is written and touted as being in the Christian fiction genre. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love seeing Christian fiction authors write in different, non-typical genres like the thriller/crime genre.
- It ties in a really interesting historical mystery, that of who was the Babushka lady and why is she still unidentified? It is entirely possibly that she did take a film that showed a completely unseen angle of the assassination and that the film really is floating around somewhere.
- I love on the run stories. I always think about how hard it would be to go off the grid now especially when people with tons of assets are trying to find a person.
- The plot moves very quickly and it not too complicated like with some conspiracy thrillers.
And the not so much:
- Some of the characters are a little flat and stereotypical, especially some of the bad guys.
- The Christian message is weak. The main character tries to find God again after experiencing tragedy but just barely and in a really vague way. That said, at least it doesn’t have superfluous sex and violence while still being semi-realistic.
Overall, it’s worth a read (especially if it is still $2.99 on Amazon when you read this)!
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