31 January 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Wrecker by Dave Conifer

I absolutely did not see this one coming. What a wild ride of twists and turns and general insanity. The story line for this book is really wonderful. Fairly unique and it opens up at a nice pace, I didn’t feel rushed and I didn’t feel like he was dragging it out. The pacing is perfection.

It falls a little left of believability. The author had me completely on his side until a final “reveal” and then he kind of lost me. I felt slightly cheated because there really was no foreshadowing there, it seemed to come out of left field. This doesn’t distract from the book itself, just one thing I noticed.

The writing is, as I’ve come accustomed to with this author, superbly done. The grammar and flow of words is fine, but the dialogue is where I think we get bogged down a bit. There’s a LOT of it. I really think we could have done with some narrative as far as finding things out. While it didn’t feel stilted, it just seemed overly explained at times and I kind of wanted the characters to just shut up.

I found Mateo’s character to be very sympathetic and even liked the wife. My problem came with the husband. I absolutely hated him. He seemed kind of wedged into the family and story itself, kind of a non-entity. I could have done without him all together *laugh* At one point, I told my husband that if they didn’t make this guy come through in the end, I was going to write hate mail to the author. I won’t tell you if the author got a letter made out of magazine letters or not… 🙂

Overall, the story is really good – really good. The writing is fabulous and the storyline is unique enough to have kept my attention. Where this novel truly shines is the pacing – not a dull moment in the bunch.

Recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a good thriller.

Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.

They were both wrong.

Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He’s morose and mysterious, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye. He seems to be hiding something.

As her marriage and her husband’s career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo’s past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world. But it may be too late.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 5

2 Responses to “Wrecker by Dave Conifer”

  1. Judi Coltman 31 January 2011 at 11:50 am Permalink

    I am currently reading this. Your commentary seems to be spot on. Looking forward to the next twist.

  2. Candy 31 January 2011 at 12:13 pm Permalink

    Glad you are liking it!

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