Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/
Cathy has been reading Need To Find You by Joseph Souza
Mikiela Bellows, an undergraduate student in Portland, Maine, has discovered a hidden memoir written by Robert Cornish, a deceased but still important literary figure, whose novel is required reading in schools and colleges. After taking photos of the last batch of papers on her phone she is chased by two thugs. Mikiela runs to a club where she knows her new friend, Yasmine Weeks performs in a brilliantly named band. As the thugs grab Mikiela she throws her phone to Yasmine and yells at her to run. Yaz recognises one of the men as a monster from the horrific past which left her mentally scarred and set on revenge. Now she has to fight for her life all over again.
Whip Billings, an ex police officer, is returning to Portland for his mother’s funeral. Undercover work trying to catch the drug lord known as The Viking went terribly wrong when his cover was blown, turning him to alcohol and drug addiction. Now, straight out of rehab, Whip has been clean and sober for a year although he knows it probably won’t last. His mother is dead and his fiancée is set to marry another man. While he waits to be reinstated he’s offered the job of looking into the disappearance of Mikiela Bellows, which brings him into contact with Yaz and the mystery of why everyone wants Mikiela’s phone and why The Viking is after Yaz. Or is it the other way around?
I enjoyed this book despite having to suspend belief as the body count rose at a rapid rate. The violence was graphic and, for me, sometimes unnecessarily so. And I have to mention the sexual encounter between the two main protagonists, which I felt was awkward and didn’t add anything to the story. But that said, the narrative held my attention completely and I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the conclusion. It’s well paced and thought through, action filled and suspenseful with a good mix of very well drawn characters, who are all complex and flawed and had, in the most part, distressing backstories. I loved the realistic and believable dialogue which characterised each person perfectly.
Having each chapter begin with a quote from the (fictional) author at the centre of the plot is a great touch. The story plumbs ugly depths, encompassing sex trafficking, corruption at every level, dark family secrets and drug smuggling. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and was kept guessing right to the end result who The Viking actually was. After all the terrible things that happened it was good to have a sense of optimism and promise for the future. Great stuff.