Saturday, March 19, 2016

Just Fall

Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky
Ballantine Books: 3/22/16
eBook review copy; 304 pages
ISBN-13: 9780553394856

Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky is a so-so debut thriller that tells the story by jumping between "Then" and "Now" chapters.

The novel opens with our beautiful, desirable, blond newlywed, Ellie, killing a man. Apparently she needed to kill him to save her dashing but mysterious husband, Rob, who she loves more than is prudent, or certainly beyond common sense, and decency. On their wedding day, immediately after the ceremony, Rob told her that he is a killer. Subsequently, some men showed up at the reception to beat Rob up, take him hostage, and force Elle to kill a man if she wants to see Rob again.

She is sent to St. Lucia to kill the man in the opening. In St. Lucia there are also children who are going missing, which is consuming the thoughts of a local policeman, Lucien, even as he is sent to investigate the man Elle killed.  And then more stuff happens now and we learn more about the past of both Rob and Elle.

Elle and Rob are not very sympathetic or engaging characters. This really isn't remedied when we learn more about their past in the "Then" chapters. The character development that does take place never brought me to the point where I cared what happened to these people. In fact, I actually cared less about their well-being. They lacked credibility as characters and were both annoying and unbalanced. What I was curious about was more of Lucien's story and what was happening to the missing boys.

This is a quick read, so you can quickly jump from one absurd plot twist to another. Don't expect a resolution to all the plot elements and be prepared for frequent changes in the points of view as chapters flip back and forth without following any time sequence.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Random House via Netgalley for review purposes.

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