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I liked the story. It had all the elements of suspense, romance, danger, and plot twists. The heroine is mysterious, opinionated, plucky, yet insecure. But what dragged the story out was the long stretches of philosophizing, repetitive interior monologue, and stilted dialogue. Both characters seemed to talk with the same psychoanalytical voice, yet we know the female character has a lot to hide and would not express herself so openly. There is zero subtext, and everything is explained several times, in dialogue and internal monologue.
I was not bothered by the shift between first person and third person. It made sense because the male main character (1st) is a psychologist and his voice, although overly pedantic, is illuminating and cozy. I was okay with him being overly analytic because that is his profession, to observe, analyze, and suggest. I expected the female character (portrayed in 3rd) to be more distant and to hide things, but she was just as annoyingly transparent. At 93% the author resorted to omniscient point of view to cover his tracks as he tried to explain the wrap-up where neither of the characters were present.
The potential of the book was also undercut by the need for editing. The author mistakes "smiled", "laughed", and other words for dialogue tags. He overuses introductory present participial phrases and misplaces modifiers. Simple and easily fixed grammatical mistakes litter the pages, and there was the annoying "little did I know" foreshadowing as well as many cliches.
I received a complimentary ebook for review purposes.
The characters are true to life with a story which could have had a simple happily-ever-after ending without a lot of fanfare. However, if there was anything which could go wrong, it did. A doctor who had previously led a sheltered, boring life became a target after meeting a woman at his favourite fishing grounds - fleeing the scene just after killing a man in self-defence.
From there, the heat is on and it's only thanks to the lady he met that his life was spared on a few occasions. As they team up to catch the criminals, they are in for the ride of their lives and it was truly an engaging read.
Amazing!!! This was the first book I had read by Mr. Twerell, and I was more than duly impressed. Everything was absolutely great: Characters, plot, and the setting of the scene in particular. You actually felt like you were right there and became involved in the emotions and circumstances of the characters.
It is with absolute certainty that I WILL be reading more of his books.
Blade's plan to settle a score with a drug lord leads the couple into firefights and the dark underworld of the drug culture where self-interest is the only motivator and allegiances are never what they appear.
Twerell compresses the action into only a few days with a harrowing pace and constant plot twists.
Sanders and Blade soon succumb to an unexpected, torrid romance that fuels the tension inherent in their risky conspiracy. In its best moments, Catch and Release gives off a vibe reminiscent of Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series of thrillers.
Twerell uses an unusual point of view technique. The Steve Sanders character is in first person, Jennifer Blade, third person. He, of course, can write his book anyway he wants, but I found the juxtaposition of these POVs distracting. First person restricts the perspective available to the author but forces him to create scenes within that framework. When he blends third person into the narrative, he cheats on the first person device.
I had some technical issues with the Smashwords edition I read in MOBI format on my Kindle. Different fonts appeared in random places. I also spotted some misspelled words and places that needed editing.
Twerell uses leading "ing" words throughout the book. The story would have a lot more punch if he substituted action verbs for the participles. For instance, Chapter One begins: "Watching the blue and red lights flash on the dance floor, Jennifer Blade sensed the stirring of anxiety." How about: "Jennifer Slade watched the blue and red lights on the dance floor and grew more anxious by the second."
But that said, I believe readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers will find Catch and Release a good introduction to the work of J. T. Twerell.