The Unusual Suspects…by Dominic Carillo

Posted June 28, 2018 by Karen in Books, Reviews /

The Unusual Suspects…by Dominic CarilloThe Unusual Suspects

by: Dominic Carrillo
Published by:Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 15, 2018
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
Source: Author (via YA Books Central)
Purchase: link link

Rating:One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Nia, a 14-year-old Bulgarian-American girl, ditches her private school and takes a train from Sofia en route to Berlin to confront her ex-boyfriend. On the way, she meets a geriatric American named Kurt who has a knack for killing people unintentionally. On the lam across Eastern Europe, where will Kurt and Nia's intersecting journeys lead them? The Unusual Suspects is a wise, heart-warming, coming-of-age adventure.

*I received this book for free from the Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fourteen year old Bulgarian, Nia, is attacked while taking a train across Europe (she is going to face her cheating ex-boyfriend in Berlin). She is rescued by Kurt, an unlikely hero.  Kurt is a eighty-nine WWII American war veteran.


The premise of this story fascinated me from the start. I mean how often do you read a story about an eighty-nine year old man and a fourteen year old girl who become international crime suspects. It also is an amazing idea to flip points of view between Kurt and Nia. It is interesting to see the same situations through the eyes of two vastly different people.


I really love the personal and historical background that is sprinkled throughout  ‘The Unusual Suspects’. I really fell in love both Nia and Kurt. The flashback of Kurt’s budding romance with his wife is one of the sweetest love stories I have read in a while.  Kurt is one of my favorite characters of all time. He exemplifies the friendship you can develop by getting to know someone who is totally different from yourself. Nia’s character shows amazing growth along the trip, both from her own experiences and from spending time with Kurt. It was amazing to see how Kurt and Nia’s  relationship as friends developed as the trip progressed. Also, I thought a train ride was an amazing choice of setting for this book. Not only does it give amazing  scenery but is also a unique setting for a young adult novel.


This novel is a page turner. ‘The Unusual Suspects’ made me laugh, smile, and cry.  It gives the reader an enjoyable ride while at the same time giving a lesson in both history and friendship.



About Dominic Carrillo

Dominic Carrillo is a teacher and writer from San Diego, California. TO BE FRANK DIEGO is his debut novel. It follows protagonist Frank Diego on a tragicomic daylong journey through San Diego. AMERICANO ABROAD is Carrillo’s impractical travel memoir filled with humorous stories from Europe to Africa. THE IMPROBABLE RISE OF PACO JONES is the author’s debut YA novel about a biracial 8th grade boy who’s dealing with an impossible crush, racial identity, and a host of other teen issues. His latest–THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS– is an adventurous, heartwarming YA novel set on a train in Eastern Europe. Carrillo is currently working on his next novel and teaching in Bulgaria.


About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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