Top positive review
Could be Sharper
on 14 March 2014
This book started so, so well. I was immediately drawn in by Dana, a young deaf woman facing a hideous case of mistaken identity. I clicked instantly with her boyfriend too, Bridger. In my head I cast him as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad's loveable every-dude. This pair are smart, attractive, interesting, and suddenly thrown together into a cross country road trip/ nightmare set up that I found irresistible.
But like Dana's deaf-girl driving, it drifted. The action came in fits and starts, with both parties apparently losing interest then getting angry again without much apparent motivation. I'm willing to overlook the elephant in the room - their failure to call the police on countless occasions - because this is a thriller. But the pace just faltered too many times.
I read this book quickly, and yes, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in again and again, only to find loss of steam and tailing off every time things moved forward.
The book has inevitably dated quickly in the fast rush of digital technology. The protagonists all flip their phones shut, and at one point we're expected to be impressed that Bridger has downloaded and printed off a map from The Internet. Maps? We don't use them now.
The writing is verbose, as you would expect from TCB. At times it's almost laughably over written, but who am I to question this mans skill with words. I actually enjoyed the food theme, the fast food on the road as much as the gourmet stuff served up by the violent ex con. Oh I know, just go with it.
The ending is just so rubbish I can hardly credit it. I'm sure most reviewers here feel they could do better themselves, I feel certain that I could. I would just love to hone and fine tune this book, because I loved the characters, the settings, the whole idea of it so much and I think it lost a lot in the execution.
But I learned a lot, and I enjoyed the ride.