Today’s second team review is from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry has been reading No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young
No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young
3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team
Megan McLeod works at a university field centre on Puerto Pollensa, Marjorca—quite happily, until the arrival of researcher Tim Stone, with Holly, his PHD student. Straight away we know that Megan and Tim have a history, but what does this history entail? Is Holly and Tim’s relationship just professional? Tim’s appearance also stirs up Megan’s problems with her father, which she tries to resolve in her own head and by writing to him.
Walking on the beach one day, Megan comes across a dead body, who appears to have fallen from the cliffs; the question is, did she fall or was she pushed? Enter impossibly handsome undercover detective Álvaro…
Throughout the mystery that the story centres around is the backdrop of the past relationship between Megan and Tim. Sadly, I couldn’t see the chemistry; Megan was rather dour and humourless, and Tim was all cold cynicism, although more is revealed about him later to explain this. But I didn’t feel any passion between them. The secondary characters had more appeal and realism—the upbeat and sociable Holly, and Domenica, who runs the centre.
As far as the technical side of the writing is concerned, I couldn’t fault this book; it’s grammatically sound, no proofreading or copy-editing errors, it flows well and I didn’t find any plot inconsistencies; it’s very well put together. My only problem with it was that I found it rather flat, with not enough spark to make it memorable. I don’t mean this to be a bad review, as the book is extremely competent, contains much to commend it and I am sure others will enjoy it more than I did but, for me, it was a little bland.
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Thanks, Terry. Sometimes a book either clicks with us or it doesn’t. Fair review, as always.
Balanced review as always, Terry. Thanks
It’s always hard to say ‘I just didn’t like it much’ and it’s actually so well written technically that I thought, at first, that I was going to love it. At least zero complaints there, which is not to be sniffed at!