Oceanview, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
by Susan Klaus carries a finely tuned plot. Christian Roberts rents out sailboats on Sarasota Bay. His life is fairly well-ordered until his dying, estranged father extracts a promise from him to scrape $250,000 together to buy a certain colt and run him. Swears to Chris that this fine piece of horseflesh will make him a millionaire. There is a secret attached to this colt that would rock the racing world were it to be known.
hris ends up borrowing the money from a rather shady character who has an ulterior motive as well as some associates who are equally shady. Chris has a girl friend who is a real shrew and declares if she can't have him, no one else will! Now he has found someone with whom he'd rather spend his life. Ex-girl friend is, to say the least, more than a little upset. Etc., etc., etc..
he plot is a little predictable. That's okay. Still could be good. But, for me, it isn't. The characters, while interesting, are thinly depicted. I'm still not sure what either Chris or his two girl friends look like. I tried but couldn't make them seem to live. I also could not place these players in any of the scenes as the descriptions were thin.
his book is designated as a thriller. It really wasn't that thrilling; it has a few close scenes but they are not that tense. The part where Chris and his so-called friends battle a storm on the bay does work very well.
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