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Different and intriguing, worth a read,
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Simon Wood was new to me but as this was the first in a new series, I thought it would give me an opportunity to look at his writing. The plot starts simply. Terry flies to San Francisco en route to join his new wife while he had sorted out his green card problems involved in a transatlantic marriage and US immigration. Terry is a British scientist, and has been promised employment by a local experimental company. He is expecting to be picked up at the airport by his new wife for the start of their new married life-adventure. She does not appear and after an exhausting flight and a long wait, calls going to automated answering, he decides to abandon the airport and make his way to his new home. Sarah is a journalist and he presumes caught up in her work. However, arriving through a dodgy back door catch (having no keys), he finds mail stacked up and messages on the answering machine indicating an absence of several days. So the plot begins...within minutes the friendly neigbourhood watch has called the local sheriffs department and the cops turn out to make an arrest at the scene of a perceived break-in/robbery. Terry is soon at the local police station making explanations which, even to his ears sound ridiculous. Fortunately they do believe his story and let him go back to the empty house. The next day he tries to report her disappearance but the local police believe she has tired of the would-be wirlwind romance and has gone to ground, probably to return at some point. Terry's new boss in not understanding and demands he report for duty. He is being pulled from all directions until he meets Oscar Mayer - not the original weenie king - but the owner of the local miniature golf, arcade and cafe. Oscar proves to be a true friend and they begin a mission to track Sarah down.
The principle of the plot is good. The crimes that are unearthed interesting, but the character of Sarah does not ring true. Without giving anything away, she seems far from the picture initially painted of lovers on a beach, going through the incredible maze of passing immigration into the US and then just abandonment. There is certainly reason to believe she is on the run and not from Terry but there is a half-heartedness in her actions that lead me to doubt her sincerity of commitment. Knowing many couple who have endured this awful interrogation-to-get-a-visa, they are tested beyond measure and many do not make the course. If they do, they will move heaven and earth to be together and many remain in long-term relationships. I do not see this from the way Sarah's character develops, no matter what the problems.
As this is the first of a series, I trust we will see more of Terry and his sidekick Oscar again. I enjoyed their characters immensely so much so I had a mental image,especially of Oscar in my mind, so well was it portrayed. I was disappointed in the ending as it too gave no intimation of this possible outcome. Quick airport/plane/train read.No Show