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Author: Joni Rodgers
Publication Date: 12/10/2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: During the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds and a stormy love affair is complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history.
As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and storm risk specialist, preaches the gospel of evacuation, weighed down by the fresh public memory of a spectacularly false alarm a year earlier.
Meanwhile, Shay Hoovestahl, a puff piece reporter for the local news, stumbles on the story of a con artist who uses storm-related chaos as cover for identity theft and murder. Laying a trap to expose the killer, Shay discovers that Corbin, her former lover, is unwittingly involved, and her plan goes horribly awry as the city’s infrastructure crumbles.
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How do I put this without seeming like I’m being a whiny brat? I really don’t like this book. And I’ll be honest, the reasons I don’t like it are that for a mystery/thriller it moves quite slowly and the characters just, well, suck.
First, the pace of the book. Come on. I’m over half-way through the book and they literally JUST discovered the dead body and who the dead body was. What? A mystery/thriller that doesn’t have a murder victim until after the half-way point? Granted, the guy was killed before the half-way point, but come on – I was 55% done with the book and found out at about 52% who was dead? No…. I get that the story centers around events happening during/after Hurricane Katrina but good grief, the story could move a bit faster.
As for the characters – they lack depth. Shay has little to no back story at all. Corbin has more back story than Shay but even then it’s still very little. These are the two characters we see the most of and honestly, they’re not worth reading about. I prefer characters that have some substance to them – not a rich brat who works because she wants to, not because she has to and a “doctor” who is a hurricane specialist. The characters just don’t work for me.
The plot was a good one, just not well executed time-wise and the characters just needed to be more well-thought-out.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.