- File Size: 805 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jocular Press (January 21, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0796S2HCP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- I like this writer's style. She describes characters and situations in unusual ways that often make me pause to consider. There's originality in her writing.
- The story is mysterious, but in a way that intrigued rather than frustrated me. Freeman's job, his history, Kit's background, the precise nature of Kit's current situation...none of it is divulged until well into the story.
- I always like to read stories in which the men wait a little while to act on their sexual desire for each other. In this story, the thing that initially draws Freeman to Kit isn't an unbearable lust for him; it's emotional compassion, which slowly morphs into feelings of genuine admiration. Only then does Freeman's desire truly rear its head.
- Freeman is a nosy son of a gun, which makes for much of the story's conflict. So I understand that it's a necessary character trait. But the necessity of it didn't stop me from disliking him at times.
- Most of the action in the story plays out in conversation rather than dramatic scenes. I suppose this is more realistic than a typical shoot-`em-up, but I found the conversations tedious and rather boring overall. I actually longed for the men to stop talking so much and DO something.
- There are times when Freeman's observations and/or reactions to certain situations struck me as a bit odd because they're not explained. This happens on page 7, for instance: "he grinned again and yawned, stretching his arms out and arching his back a little. It startled me." This is the second time in just a few pages that something has startled Freeman, and the book doesn't explain *why* he gets startled. Was the movement fast and unexpected? Did it seem out of character for the person who did it?
Overall comments: I don't think this is a bad book by any means; I just wasn't impressed by it. Its biggest pro is the writing, which is solid if a bit melancholy. Freeman's dispassionate narration colors the entire story.
Freeman narrates the story, telling us only what we need to know at the time, in fact, what he tells us may or may not be the truth. He is an observer, taking in every detail of his environment and every move anyone makes, every word, and every facial expression. Freeman never stops calculating, just like a computer, and often, his very existence depends upon it. He can't afford to have feelings; they just get in the way. This gives everyone the impression that he's cold and unfeeling. This is why it's such a surprise to him when Kit affects him as strongly as he does. He marvels at how this young man gets past his defenses so quickly and thoroughly. Freeman fights it, partly because it is unsettling and partly because he should not mix work and pleasure. If there is any possible way, he will complete his assignment, justice will prevail, and he will have Kit as well, that is, if Kit still wants him once the truth comes to light.
Kit is inexplicably drawn to Freeman from the first time they meet, but he lets his stubbornness get in the way. He's cheeky and rebellious and confuses irresponsibility with freedom. Kit needs Freeman. He's his rock, the only stability in his otherwise out of control world. Kit instinctively knows this; he needs someone to care about him, somewhere to hang out without any expectations which gives him room to breathe. Being with Freeman provides this buffer for him. Kit doesn't really know Freeman but he senses that there are two people behind that mask, and the one he falls in love with is seldom revealed. More than anyone, Kit gets a glimpse of Freeman that no one else sees. He can sometimes worm his way past Freeman's barriers, but not for long. Kit is frustrated with Freeman because, as much as he may want to, Freeman won't make any decisions for Kit, especially since that's what everyone else in Kit's life tries to do. Kit's independence and growth are more important to Freeman than Kit's feelings about him, because he knows that without it, they will never be able to be together.
The use of an unreliable narrator gave this story an extra layer of mystery and suspense; it raised my curiosity and kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen. I never knew for sure if I had the right information necessary to make assumptions about the characters so I wasn't able to clearly predict what was going to happen. I tried to apply what Freeman reveals, but it makes it much more difficult to predict future events. I found it fascinating! Clare London is one of the most versatile writers I know. I marvel at Clare taking on new challenges genre-wise: horror, comedy, supernatural, or mystery, as she's done in this intriguing tale.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery, with an unusual love story mixed in, fascinating, complex characters, and provocative reveals. I hope I get to see more of Kit and Freeman in the future. Thank you, Clare, for the exceptional reading experience.
Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.