Dear Ms. Martin:
I like romantic suspense and the description of the book which had a bit of the paranormal to it which can make an ordinary suspense a little more captivating. Unfortunately, the book started out with stereotypical characters and never deviated.
Autumn Sommers had a vision once which she ignored and it came true resulting in tragic consequences. Twelve years pass and she is having new dreams of a young girl being kidnapped. Determined to make a difference this time, she identifies the girl and then tracks down her father, Ben McKenzie. Ben is angered that Autumn has raked up this past tragedy his family suffered when his daughter, Molly, was abducted years ago. Confronted with facts that Autumn shouldn’t know, Ben reluctantly joins Autumn in the search and hopeful rescue for his daughter.
Autumn was a fairly standard romance heroine. She was a shy good girl without much sexual experience but she had the floozy best friend. She liked homey things rather than anything trashy (see floozy best friend). Ben was a quality guy. He generally only dated starlets and models. That was his criteria for a relationship: legs and face. Shallow much Ben?
Initially when he met Autumn, he wasn’t sure why he should meet her (after all she didn’t sound like a model or starlet) but then he decides that he likes sex and the women don’t complain. Yes, completely random. The whole book read like that. Non sequitur after non sequitur. Autumn was engaging in rock climbing instruction and so, while thinking about her athleticism as it relates to rock climbing, she notes to herself that her breast were “nicely rounded.” The descriptions of the clothes, furniture, body types, sexual preferences were thrown out like spaghetti on the wall so that they hung limply on the pages but didn’t really belong.
While the suspense wasn’t bad, the writing was so choppy with such unexpected and out of place internal dialogue that I was frequently removed from the story. I almost found myself anticipating the next non sequitur rather than next unlayering of the mystery.
The ending also was disappointing in that it failed to deal with any emotional trauma that the characters may suffer through the loss of a child and possible rediscovery. Those were brought up but then summarily forgotten in the midst of Ben deciding that Autumn was good enough to have sex with even though she wasn’t a model or starlet and Autumn deciding that Ben was the answer to her sexual disinterest despite having him treat her badly. D.