My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, I decided to read this book because of its Pacific Northwest setting. I am a native-born Washingtonian, and I loved the fact that the author spoke of places I know–Seattle, Pike Place Market, Mount Rainier, and more. And I could relate immediately to all the boating in the Puget Sound–I grew up in Washington state (and still live here), and I understand and appreciate waterfront living.
Reviewing this book has proven to be extremely difficult. The profanity and blatant sexual terminology are something I have not encountered in a while within a book, and this really made the book much less enjoyable for me. As I have stated categorically in the past, I do not mark a book down for these issues unless it is a young adult book or completely impedes the story and flow of the book. What I will say on this point is that the overuse of profanity did tend to interfere with the story. When it comes to thrillers, mysteries, or any other genre that relies on the heavy use of profanity to move the story along and make it more genuine, I really struggle when that profanity is used within the narrative outside of the dialogue. It honestly makes no sense (in my opinion) for the author to use these words to advance the story. If the author deems that these words are necessary, I believe they should be limited to the dialogue. But, that’s just my opinion.
If I can divorce myself from these disconcerting issues, I will do my best to concentrate on the story and writing style. Indeed the author writes a somewhat intriguing story. I felt like I was lost at times due to the story being told from many points of view. I sometimes felt it was difficult to fill in the missing details (I think the author would do well to write a prequel). I didn’t feel that I fully comprehended the story that led to the book’s narrative. The author did an excellent job of pointing out how lifestyle choices lead to lasting consequences that are sometimes impossible to escape. There was a love story, but I sometimes felt this was a bit unbelievable. The ending confused me a bit, but some of that was due to the peripheral issues I mentioned earlier. If you are not easily offended, and you wish to read a thriller with a fast-paced story, this may be the book for you. It was not my cup of tea, but I believe that it has potential.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.