(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I have to be honest and say… I really found this book hard to read. It wasn’t the plot so much as the writing itself.
I’ve personally found it really hard to read blocks of text and there were a lot of those in this book. Paragraphs weren’t used in the correct way – several characters were speaking in the same paragraph. There was also a lot of switching between tenses. That really throws me out of a story and I almost considered giving up on this, despite the commitment I make to read books I receive advance copies of.
It took me a little while to fully work out what side the characters were on, or even to fully relate to them. I liked Daniel’s relationship with Jeff and I would have liked to see more of it. However, a lot of things were skipped over. There was one line in particular: ‘He talked to his nephew about things an uncle talks to his nephew about’. I’m sorry, but that’s a big turn-off for me with books. For one thing, people aren’t going to have the same conversations all over. For another… that was character development that was missed completely.
I think there are a lot of improvements that could be made. The plot – or what I could understand of it – was well-thought-out. But the blocks of text and lack of character development really made it difficult to read.