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Could have been better
on 11 June 2014
Its a good and easy read, with lovable characters, especially the dog indeed. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it, but on the other hand, there are a few things I wish the author could have done better.
The story is interesting, yet predictable, the main problem to me is that the characters are not convincing. Yes, I know its fiction and the author can create whatever characters he wants , but it would have been better if the characters were more down to earth and believable. As I read along, I always had these questions in my mind - What if Travis was only a white collar who sat and worked in an office just like most of us - having a normal job and didn't have all his army skills and money? What if when Nora's aunt died and didn't leave her enough money for the rest of her life without working??? And every character in the story happened to be a good person, except of course, Vince. Like a lawyer who would risk his life in his old age and swam in the icy cold water for the couple, what did he really know about Nora personally from the start to do all the favour to the couple? And of course, they were able to find a vet who were so nice and helpful and on their side as well. These elements are too good to be true. Imagine, as simple as if only Travis doesn't have the army skills and information like most of us and the couple were not that wealth off, how did they do what they did(change id and start a new life so smoothly and quickly in another place)?
The other thing is the death of Vince and the Outsider are handled a bit light-handed in my opinion. I wish those had more twists.
A good title of a book is important. The name 'Watchers' is irrelevant, though the author tries to explain it at a point.