CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 22 . . . . February 10, 2012
In When I Kill You, Wan presents her main character, 26-year-old Gina Lopez, a postal worker by day and ladies' mud wrestler in the evening trying to make it big. Waiting on the quarter million dollar insurance payment for the accidental death of her husband, Gina meets Marcia Beekland. It is at this meeting that things for Gina begin to unravel rather quickly. Gina finds herself caught in a situation where she does not feel she has a choice but to comply with Marcia's blackmail demands. The problem is that Gina is a wrestler, not a killer.
Wan begins her story with the main conflict. She uses flashback to fill in the gaps and then fast forwards when things seem resolved. Through Wan's storytelling, the reader is drawn into Gina's story of hard luck and battles alongside Gina as she tries to do what is right. Suspense is built throughout as Gina struggles with her inner demons, trying to decide if she can follow through on the demands Marcia has placed on her. Near the end, the reader discovers Marcia's deceit with Gina and is left with the same sense of awe.
A good read, well written.
Christina Pike is the Principal of St. Paul's Junior High in St. John's, NL.
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