Thursday, April 3, 2014
Cruise by Suzanne Vermeer
2.0 out of 5 stars - Secrets and betrayal...
Predictable and full of stereotypes and cliches, this translation falls short of being a suspense thriller. Though there are a lot of contrived and unbelievable action scenes, the protagonist spends a lot of time with her own repetitive rhetorical self-questioning and angsting which leads to reader annoyance.
Helen and Frank are on a 15th anniversary luxury cruise when he disappears. Helen is bereft and heartbroken. Despite an exhaustive search, authorities are unable to find Helen's missing husband and he is presumed dead. Through Frank's company attorney, Helen learns that Frank has led a double life and the shocking discoveries keep coming. Helen, naturally, goes off to investigate these developments on her own and gets herself into some unbelievable predicaments and peril. The conclusion is completely pat and unsatisfying.
This is one to miss -- way too much "telling" in the writing and though it was a quick read (I read it over a couple of hours), I found myself just wanting to finish and be done with all the characters and the lame plot.
Thank you to NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media for sending along the e-book ARC to review. I'll likely not read another by this author.