Missing Rebecca by John Worsley Simpson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1475266603
May 29, 2012, 220
It was a whirlwind romance..or was it?
For Liam and Rebecca, it was love at first sight. It seems they had barely met but that they were married and moving into Liam home in upstate New York, in a suburb of Buffalo where Liam owns and runs a successful, prosperous business.
But then, on a shopping trip one day, Rebecca disappears. Did she run off...or was she abducted. What exactly did happen and what was she involves in? The more Liam digs into it, the more confusing it all becomes. What is clear is that something else is going on, something involving a lot of money..and a lot of danger.
"Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder."
As is so often true, there are good things to say about this book. And a few problems.
The plot is pretty good, with a nice bunch of twists and turns that will keep you reading. Just when you think you know where it is going, someone throws in a wrench and off we go in a different direction.
The weak point, I think, are the characters. They are never very clearly developed, never enough that you really feel you have a dog in the race. At times, I even found that what we are told, about Liam in particular, about what sort of man he is, rather confusing. And really, do we ever really buy into thier great love? Why did he love Rebecca, how did he really feel about her? Not just the facts, but a bit more of what makes them tick and make it believable that he would go to such lengths to find her. If I don't feel I know them, how much can I care what is going on, what happens to them and how committed am I to the outcome?
But if you are looking for a fast read, something not too involved, this might be a good choice for a nice little mystery, a nice little story to spend an evening with.
Happily, I have one e-book available for a giveaway, so if you are a mystery fan and would like a chance to win, just leave a comment with you e-mail address and you will be entered.The giveaway will run through 9/21, so give it a whirl! You know Larry just loves to pick the winner!
My thanks to the author and the folks at Partners in Crime for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
The tour is just getting underway, and will run through October, so head over to the tour site to check out links to some more reviews, interviews with the author, see what he has to say about this, his fifth book!