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Bland thriller, saved by a few moments of drama
on 6 February 2007
Tim Bowler wrote one of my favorite books ever, Starseeker. I felt obliged to check-out his other work and soon made my way through Apocalypse, which felt like a two unfinished books melted into one. One of his earlier works, Storm Catchers seemed like a more accessible and down-to-earth premise, so I thought I'd give that a go. Trouble is, it's just kind of ordinary and doesn't go to either extreme.
A wealthy family in Cornwall lose their teenage daughter to an intruder in the middle of the night and older brother vows to get the maniac, blaming himself for not being there to protect her. It could have been a solid story of searching for clues and detucting who the culprit is, but Bowler hurries through it quite quickly and blandly. Characterisation is piss-poor, there are no stand-out scenes of mystery or intrique and no defining thrilling moments. The end, in which two apparently seperate plot threads are tied together, makes up for it. But it lingers on after that with melodrama instead of going out on a high.
If Bowler expanded the story (it lasts an anorexic 200 pages) and gave enough time to build character and suspense then it could have been a great book. I have no doubt he has it in his power to write a good book, but sacrificing much of Storm Catchers potential for the sake of a quick time-waster was a mistake.