Stolen by Ron Chudley: Novel Review

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Niru Nadesalingam
Tuesday April 19, 2010


Mystery novels always make the reader solve a puzzle alongside the main character/detective. “Stolen is a moody psychological novel with a series of finely drawn characters.”(Chudley 293) Ron Chudley the author of Stolen creates a mystery, where he introduces the crime in the first few chapters and then injects many literary techniques to generate a sequence of suspenseful events. In Stolen, Ron Chudley incorporates narration, imagery, and diction to generate suspense rendering the novel an effective mystery. Ultimately, this story portrays a father losing his beloved son to strangers who are obsessed with obtaining the innocent child Nate. Throughout this novel, Chudley stays persistent in using an omniscient narrative style to create suspense. This Narrative approach is the least intimate style; however, this style enables the audience to view the characters from a certain degree, which will get everyone’s perspective on what is happening. “John knew he had to find his son before it was too late.” (47) This quote conveys to the readers about the level of desperation that John faced in finding his son before he is presumed dead. Right after that passage in the novel the narration flips to what Bud the villain is doing, “Bud hastily loaded his station-wagon knowing John would be on his trail.” (48) The transition from the “detective” John to the “suspect” Bud makes the reader wonder if these two will ever meet. It makes the audience wonder if John will ever find his son if Bud runs away. The speculation in the readers mind creates suspense and makes them want to read further, which is what the author also desires. The audience knows John is following Bud, which produces dramatic irony because the audience knows information that the characters do not, thanks to a third person narration. The Most predominant type of sensory imagery is visual imagery. In Stolen,...
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