Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TIME GONE BY by Jan Suzukawa

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: March 2012
ISBN 9781613724026
MM Mystery/Suspense
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

Nick Cutter is a Private Investigator sent to Montana to locate a missing person. Nick is good at his job and finds the man easily, despite him having changed his name, changed his hair color, and lost weight. Nick is instantly attracted to Tori Tanaka, drawn even to a picture of him, but only later remembers they’d met briefly three years ago.

Tori has many secrets and is trying to carve out a new life in a new place. But he’s very much attracted to Nick.

Nick begins the book as an excellent detective, working out Tori’s new name, tracking Tori’s movements, locating him. But never once does he work out something so obvious that anyone who’s ever watched CSI would have thought about it. Not only that, but when left alone in Tori’s home, he makes no attempt to look at or in anything except the refrigerator. His professional behavior seemed to be totally inconsistent. Even toward the end of the book he does something totally unprofessional, which allows the plot to happen.

As well as the plot being weak and contradictory, the sex is mostly oral with one of the rare anal scenes over in less than a page.

One of my personal dislikes was that the book, although written in third person, was completely in Nick’s POV. It is much more difficult for the reader to relate to a main character when we never know their thoughts or feelings, except what we’re told second hand.

There were some really nice pieces of writing. The scene where Tori first smiles genuinely at Nick is very well written indeed and tugs at the reader’s heart strings. But this wasn’t enough to make me want to keep and reread the book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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