I have to admit that I was thinking my life was tough and my day was pretty bad until I began reading this book. Poor guy had a much worse day: kicked out of his doctorate program, no job, finds himself in the midst of a bank robbery, and then is taken hostage. Nope, my days are pretty rosy.
This story had me hooked just out of pity for the poor guy, but when things turned from bad to worse I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. This was far from the typical suspense/thriller. Yes, it does follow the MOs you expect in some areas but the characters make it so unique.
I loved these characters. They were so unique that I could see them as real. They had their quirks and secrets that revealed their flaws and their vulnerabilities. I mean, they are adults and have parent issues even while dealing with being kidnapped. They have problems at work as they try to make a career for themselves as they fall in love with the victim. Nothing is really too far fetched. Yes, there is one character you might argue is but I live in a huge city. Trust me, it is not far fetched. Can't say more or I let a big secret slip which is a no-no in reviews. I don't do spoilers.
If you love suspense/thrillers that have some humor, you'll love this book. Yes, the story kept me riveted, but it was also not so intense and fast paced that I couldn't put it down and get dinner ready. There were many places where it slowed down so the characters could breathe and let the past reveal itself. I was thankful for that. While I love a story that never slows down, I also appreciate one that is well-balanced.
You have to read this book. You'll enjoy it and want more. Plus you'll learn to appreciate your own days a little bit better.
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