Review Rendezvous: 8/5/17

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
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Genre(s): Thriller, mystery
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 348
Publish date: July 16th, 2016
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

Dear AmyMargot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received:

Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me. Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything.

We’re going British this time, and I admit it was an interesting change of voice to read from an author across the pond. It took a second to adjust, but then I was mildly intrigued by the storyline. I admit, I had thought I’d be more interested in this one, but just because it didn’t catch my fancy doesn’t mean it’s a bad book.

In this novel, we meet Margot, who is a columnist for the paper and a teacher at a local school. There has recently been a girl kidnapped from said school, which brings Margot to think back about a kidnapping many years ago that was never solved. The trail went cold, at least until Margot began receiving letters from the alleged kidnapped girl herself.

I kind of faded out of interest in the story about midway through, but I really had nothing better to do, so I plugged on. Boy was I glad I did. Margot becomes more and more interested in the previous kidnapping so she does some research, which attracts the wrong kind of attention. Her life slowly devolves into chaos, and that’s when there is the most shocking turn of events.

Clearly I can’t let you know what that is, since I’m dedicated to spoiler-free reviews, but it renewed my interest in the book to finish the last quarter strong. I don’t necessarily believe that is it re-read material, but I had a fair time of it the first go around. If it wasn’t for the twist though, this certainly would’ve gotten a lesser rating.


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Review Rendezvous: 7/2/14

And here is another review for your reading pleasure since I also didn’t post one last week. I would’ve chosen a different, better one, but this one is really kinda bad, so I’ll advise you guys not to read it if you ever come across it and it sounds interesting.

Tunnel Vision by Susan Shaw
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Genre(s): Young adult, realistic fiction, mystery
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 272
Publish date: August 16th, 2011

Tunnel VisionOn her way home one evening, Liza has to force her way through a group of men in a train underpass. She doesn’t think anything of it, but when her mom is shot dead moments later, Liza’s world turns upside down. Even worse, Liza was really the target. Only hours after her mother’s death, Liza is nearly killed again and she and her dad are placed in the witness protection program. Leaving everything she’s ever known behind, Liza and her dad pick up and move, never staying in one place for long. It’s too big of a risk–and Liza’s worst fear is realized when she gets recognized. The would-be killer is still on their trail, so all Liza ad her dad can do is keep running. Unsure whom to trust and where to go, they’re just trying to stay alive.

I kind of wanted to give this one a zero. I really did. But that would mean I need to create a whole new tag for it and it wasn’t really even worth that. This book is probably one of the worst I’ve read in a long time. I really don’t want that to sound as mean as it does, but honestly, it’s kind of the truth.

The main character here, Liza, is completely un-relatable. She speaks in an awkward manner and really is just not that likable at all. She and here father go on the run after her mother is shot, which should trigger a bit more of an emotional crisis than it seemed to. Her mother was shot right in front of her for crying out loud, and she doesn’t break down or anything? I could excuse that if she were a trained government soldier, but she’s (supposedly) just a normal teenage girl. Sigh.

Usually I don’t give out spoilers, but for this book, I wouldn’t really recommend it at all, so I’m just going at it. If you don’t want to know the ending, you probably should stop reading now.

Anyways, near the end of the book, they finally catch the guy who’s trying to kill Liza. For the life of me I can’t remember why, but that’s fine with me. It wasn’t something that important anyways. Oh, and remember how Liza’s mom was supposedly dead? Nope. She just fell on the ground and got berries or something on her, which made her look like she was shot. Really? Really? Just…ugh.



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