Author sent me a copy for review especially on the Amazon site but I thought I would share my thoughts with Goodreads members. This is a first authorAuthor sent me a copy for review especially on the Amazon site but I thought I would share my thoughts with Goodreads members. This is a first author asked review and I hope its not the last as this request had me reading a book I normally would not. Why because I spent many years working on a PhD in Addiction Science & then many years after working at a Research & Education Center until I finally crashed &burned leading to early retirement at age 50 so why would I want to read about it?
This book is extremely accurate with an excellent title & cover that draws you in & then its real language/behaviors associated with different types of addictions--that seedy underbelly that is rarely exposed. I did see some typos & grammatical errors but that's computer versus man, even the classics have errors. It's a quick read but can seem wordy at times even confusing because of the style this author is attempting reminding me of Mary Higgins Clark how she jumps from character/plot to another character/plot within every chapter but hey look how successful she is? Lots & lots of characters with different backgrounds and histories some I did not believe to be relevant to the story so I read the book.again to be fair to the author and here are my thoughts: Was it important to give 2 paragraphs to Johnny D the driver? Was all the talk about Josie & Collin having or not having sex all that important given that in the end she does not remember him? Was all the history on every character, even minor ones necessary? For example, Mollie was a major character but was given less pages than some minor characters. Did the ending have to be so rushed especially when the middle was a bit flat? The begininning was very strong inviting you in, then the middle was a bit long & dragged in some spots but then the end was Bam its done! I was left wanting more and with many questions--good or bad, I say Good! I loved Aunt Mim and want more. While I enjoyed hearing about all the different countries social/political battles I do not think you needed to have all the foreigners because stereotyping comes to mind, perhaps sympathy?
Excdllent twists and turns in the plot reminding me of Jefferey Deaver. I love how some characters seemed dumber than they should have been or were they--the "neighbors" that Aunt Mim had watching the house must have known that Zulu survived or did he & what about at the docks did he or didn't he survive? The girls on the ship--once they knew what they were carrying why did they sell so quickly and for so little? Why didn't Mollie check the package or did she think she could fool Zulu after all she made the call? Zulu knew girls were on ship then why did he take Josie or were we fooled into thinking that was the reason? So many questions...
This is why I enjoyed this book because I would rather be left asking questions than just left. I don't know where the author plans on taking this but I am glad that he invited me on this journey. Now for the hard part rating it......more