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on 17 June 2012
Asylum Harbor is certainly an undemanding and quite a light read which does not require much of an effort from the reader. Amber, the daughter of the Governor of Florida has disappeared from a cruise ship. Rachel Scott runs Florida Omni Search, an organisation she founded following the kidnap of her own daughter, Mallory several years earlier. Rachel is brought in by the Governor to investigate the disappearance.
The plot develops at quite a frenetic pace. This is a short book, characterised by short chapters and most readers will read through it quite rapidly. Since so much is happening so quickly there is little time to develop the main characters to any significant extent, with the possible exception of Rachel herself, and one has to suspend disbelief to a large degree. Clearly this is likely to be the style of the Rachel Scott Adventures series, and if this is the case opinion amongst readers will tend to polarise since the style will appeal to some and irritate others.
It will be interesting to see how the series develops as the basic Florida Omni Search idea is an engaging concept and clearly there is a fair amount of potential in Rachel and, I suspect, her missing daughter. Personally, I feel that future books may work better if the author slows things down a bit so that her plots develop more gradually and her readers are able to identify to a greater degree with the main players. This should make things more believable as I think the pace of the action in Asylum Harbor resulted in rather a lot of plot holes along the way. Rachel's first outing in Burn Out was a much more evenly paced and hence believable story.