Friday, June 10, 2016

Two If by Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child’s life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed.

Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up. Not long into their journey, Frank begins to believe that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift; but his only wish is to protect the deeply frightened child. As Frank struggles to start over, training horses as his father and grandfather did before him, he meets Claudia, a champion equestrian and someone with whom he can share his life—and his fears for Ian.

Both of them know that it will be impossible to keep Ian’s gift a secret forever. Already, ominous coincidences have put Frank’s police instincts on high alert, as strangers trespass the quiet life at the family farm.

The fight to keep Ian safe from a sinister group who want him back takes readers from the ravaged shores of Brisbane to the middle of America to a quaint English village.

Even as Frank and Claudia dare to hope for new love, it becomes clear that they can never let Ian go, no matter what the cost. A suspenseful novel on a grand scale, Two If by Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I love Jacquelyn Mitchard. The Deep End of the Ocean still resonates with me to this day, many years after reading it. 

This book felt like a dramatic departure for her. Frank is almost a one-dimensional character and there is faint mystery woven into the book. For me, it felt like a book full of character actors, each without a distinct role to play. 

This novel is definitely readable-- especially the first few chapters, but fell pretty flat for me overall. Still, I'll continue to read the author's work. 


3 stars

Worth staying up all night the read?

At least for the first quarter of the novel or so. 

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