Frame 232 by Wil Mara

Leah Courtney



I've never been one to be really interested in all of the JFK conspiracy theories. My mother can recall the exact moment of the assassination. And I've read about the event. But I honestly haven't ever read or watched much about the different theories surrounding the event.

Frame 232 is a fictionalized novel about what could have happened the day Kennedy was shot.

In this story, Sheila inherits some old film from her mother. When she reads her mother's letter and watches the film, she realizes that all these years her mother has held on to the secret that could let the world finally know exactly what happened at the assassination. She seeks the help of a billionaire who has made it his mission to solve famous mysteries. When the two of them realize exactly what they have on film, their lives are immediately in danger. They have to put the pieces of the puzzle together while being chased by those who want the secrets to stay hidden.

I really enjoyed this read. It was exciting and dynamic from the very beginning. The characters were interesting and compelling. The story was believable. The quick pace of the adventure definitely made this one a page turner.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I was able to read this exciting, dramatic novel as part of a Tyndale books blog tour. The author, Wil Mara, has given us some question/answers so that readers can get to know more about him and Frame 232.


1. What inspired you to write a novel around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

I have always been fascinated by the assassination, which, obviously, was one of the most pivotal and enigmatic events in American history. And when I heard about the ‘Babushka Lady’---one of the few people in Dealey Plaza that day who remains unidentified---and the possibility that she may have filmed the shooting, an idea came to mind that seemed too good to disregard.

2. How much research did you do for this project?

An unbelievable amount. I spoke with assassination experts, read literally hundreds and books and articles, pored over countless photos...you name it. My goal was to write a fictional story around the established facts rather than alter the facts to serve the story. Thus, I had to know pretty much everything. I ended up loading my brain with more data than I really needed...but I didn’t mind.

3. How has your research informed your own theory of what happened during the JFK assassination?

My personal theory, prosaic though it may be, is that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. If you want to be convinced, get your hands on a fairly rare book called Lee, which was written by his brother, Robert. Once you understand the mind behind the eyes that looked through that rifle scope, you will be convinced.

Watch this trailer for Frame 232 to see why you really want to read this one for yourself:


Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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