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Interesting but not compelling reading
on 27 May 2016
Firstly, I'm a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain and have read most of her books but this is a poor effort in comparison to her other novels. The concept she had was intriguing, and I liked having a single father at the heart of the story. However, this book had a chaotic, unfinished feel to it, progressing far too quickly in some aspects and very slowly in other parts. The suspense, plot twists and careful detail normally found in Diane's books was lacking. For example, a character cannot call the main protagonist as she does not have his phone number. The main protagonist reinforces soon after stating they do not have each others phone numbers. Yet suddenly this character is able to ring him from a number stored in her phone and her name appears on his caller display, which can only happen if he'd saved her number. It seems a small detail but not being able to contact each other was driving this part of the plot and is just one example of several where the attention to detail was missing. Overall, the book could have had huge potential with more polishing and expansion, but it was clumsily executed and unrealistic, particularly in reference to the homelessness aspect, and not the compelling or challenging read normally expected from the author.