In this day of digital everything, the time when film was produced in a dark room seems antiquated and unnecessary. In M.C. McDonald’s novel “No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller, film plays a major part in the story.
Mark Taylor is a photographer who found a camera while traveling overseas. Once he begin to use the camera, he realizes that pictures he takes sometime predicts events that will occur in the future. In the beginning, Mark is happy to assist those who are in need of his magical camera, but when he is accused of helping orchestrate the September 11 attacks, he realizes that his alibi is flimsy and a curse.
Mark is held for a year in detention, tortured for information he doesn’t possess, his mind and spirit broken. Luck for him, his girlfriend Jessie, discovers that her boyfriend was not making it up and convinces his captors the same.
I liked Mark. He didn’t try to be an overt hero, and he was truly torn when the tables was turned and he had to assist one of the men who tortured him. I also like that the author kept a symmetry in the story and showed that Mark would need to rebuild his life, rather than go back to the way things were.
Because this is a first book in a series, I look forward to seeing more of Mark’s back story and whether he will continue to use his camera or will the powers transfer to the digital cameras that are more common now.
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