I’m writing this review on The Last Day for Rob Rhino by Kathleen O’Donnell and I really want to do justice to the author, who, by the final chapters, deserved a standing ovation.
The Last Day of Rob Rhino is not in a genre I would normally have chosen to read, so I began reading with a jaundiced eye.
Claire Corrigan, a bald, socialite widow, is on a sedative induced mission to reunite her dead husband with the family he rejected in life. In her travels, she meets Rob Rhino, an aging porn star from the 70’s with 13 inches of porn history hiding in his pants.
With expert skill, the author makes the reader feel the sedative induced confusion Claire stumbles through life in, her repulsion toward Rob Rhino, and later, a burgeoning kinship with him.
What do a 50-ish socialite widow and an aging porn star have in common? Layer by layer, the resemblances are revealed through expertly contrived plot twists and unexpected moments of humor, sadness and commonality.
The book started out interestingly enough, with a few minor stutters, making it a 4 star book, and, by the fourth chapter, I was expecting it to remain there. Amazingly, Kathleen O’Donnell pulled a jackrabbit out of the proverbial magician’s hat in the final half of the book, bumping this up to a 5 star story.
On balance, this book was hard to rate. At first, I thought I couldn’t justifiably go higher than a strong 4 star rating because of the faltering beginning and some errors/omissions I found. After sleeping on it, I decided that the overall excellent writing and the great ending made up for the slower beginning. I revised my review to five stars on that basis.
I highly recommend this book and will be watching for future releases by this author.
Review by Jeannie Palmer