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A River in the Ocean Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Author of the fiction drama "A Danger to Society" and the children's book "When You Miss Me." Michael Allen explores the genres like a lifelong learner trying to devour every bit of knowledge. Look for his thriller to come out next because that's an avenue he has yet to show readers who love being taken for twists and dropped off at the end with their head spinning.
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Top customer reviews
Kissy, lost and traumatized by her father's absence only remembers her name and her only possession is a locket Chris gave her.
When Chris awakes from the coma he has no memory of his past life. A social worker, Janet, goes to bat for him. She helps him collect an insurance policy, whittle down his hospital bill, and she finds him a place to begin a new life. Chris begins as a craftsman, designing and constructing furniture. A local entrepreneur, Amy, finds sales outlets for his furniture.
As Chris builds his furniture, he begins to have visions of a young child. Although the child seems to connect to his life, he doesn't know why. He names her "Angel" and anticipates her frequent visits. Angel leaves him with a poem, a way to summon her and to remember her. He begins to paint her as she appears in his visits. Angel grows in his visions until she reaches the age of 14. Then the visits slow down.
Amy 'catches' him painting and to keep the secret of "Angel", Chris also begins painting stills and landscapes for Amy to sell.
Chris's story frequently breaks away to tell Krista's story. Maggie and Gilmer are quite colorful characters and their life with Krista is full of love and laughter. However, they keep Krista a secret from the world and have some unconventional ways of parenting.
Transitions between Chris's story and Krista's are often abrupt. Some of the vocabulary seems out of place. The author uses strong words like stunned and astonished and wide eyes frequently and in calmer situations than would initiate surprise.
Some of the structure seems misplaced such as one passage that begins, "Maggie’s eyes grew red, and then tears started to stream down her cheeks." when actually, it is crying that reddens the eyes.
I wished there was more back story on Maggie and Gilmer, not only because they were quite interesting, but also to better understand why they kept Krista hidden away and how they were able to be successful at doing it.
I also wished for a little better character development of the minor characters Janet and Amy. Letting us at least know Chris's feelings towards them would have made some of the story less awkward.
Although the book could have used a good editor, even with some flaws it is well worth the read. The author ties events together nicely. The story is an interesting one that has some supernatural overtones reminiscent of The Portrait of Jennie and Girl on a Swing, two of my favorites.
(My personal guide for ratings are as follows: 5 stars, equal to any book of its genre, better than most; 4 stars, content that easily moves past a few formatting errors that do little or nothing to impact it, still highly recommended; 3 stars, technical errors or format choices impaired the flow of the book although I did enjoy the content. 2 stars, I struggled with the book due to either technical errors and/or a concept that was trite or underwritten. 1 star signifies a book that I abandoned before finishing due to structural errors in either plot or mechanics.)
This was a quick read for me as it was interesting and something I could relate to. The writing flowed and was a great book to read in bed at night as that is when most of my reading is done.
Will be looking for more books from this author as his style is to my liking.