Sunday, February 21, 2016

#297 : Something in the Water, An Ocean Romance by Ben Starling : Review

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GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 395

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Something Series #2

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer, Ben Starling in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

REVIEW:

A journalist on a remote island profiling a powerful businessman – a potentially heady combination for a thriller – this story was nothing short of a perfect thriller.

Our protagonist, Teal, is forced to take up an obscure assignment on a remote island to save her job. Her task – to profile a businessman involved in the fisheries business in the main island. Her ‘assignment’ takes a turn when corporate criminals invade the island plotting to destroy flora and fauna by carrying out ‘activities’ which are disastrous. Along with the help of boxer turned marine biologist and other locals, she ends up investigating them. Her investigation comes with a price; would she be able to pray that price?

The story was simply good, merging two worlds seamlessly into one – the modern world with its devil ways and the ancient world which care even for about the animals. The characterization was pretty good and most of characters emoted perfectly adding layers to the story. The ‘character’ of Solomon the ancient whale deserves a special mention. Giving a human being a character sketch by itself is a complex job, with animals the level of difficulty just increases. The writer has done a stellar job in giving the whale a much convincing character. Though the whale did remind me of Flipper – the dolphin from 90s Cartoon network serial, this character stood out. The writing was well balanced and perfect. The story kept me absolutely hooked. My only complaint would be the ending. I felt the writer was in a great hurry and dilemma to finish off the story.

MY SAY: An interesting read.

RATING:

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERISATION: 4/5

NARRATION: 4/5

BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 1/5 (Lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 4/5




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