Monday, November 16, 2015

Review: RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic

Resurrection BayCaleb's world is turned on its head following the gruesome discovery of his friend (and policeman) Greg's dead body at a murder scene. His last contact with the deceased, a text message asking for help and the mention of the mysterious 'Scott'; an name which bares no meaning to Caleb. 

Enlisting the services of close friend Frankie, the two set off to catch a killer. However, the police, just as much as those directly responsible for the original murder prove a constant hurdle. Further complicating matters is Caleb's deafness, which in itself make daily interactions difficult despite his well established lip reading and communication abilities.

Caleb's employment is a little ambiguous with the author not defining the circumstances behind Greg's death and the corresponding moonlighting he'd been doing for Caleb's company. Was it a detective firm, onsite security or some thing else all together? Perhaps I just missed it. 

Frankie is a character who just didn't work for me; a 57yr old former cop with a drinking and drug habit who also has a shady secret. She's at one point described as passing for a 16yr old then later likened to Caleb's mother. Inconsistency that dims the definitive descriptive nature of the character.

I'm still not sure why Caleb's ex wife is put at risk either, a beautiful Aboriginal woman named Kat. Having had no direct involvement in the cigarettes heist / murder shes plays a pivotal role towards the end of the book without clear cause. Despite this, the ending was action packed flowed at a frenetic pace.

This had the makings of a good book but it just didn't work for me. RESURRECTION BAY has a blistering opening and a great ending so all is not lost.  

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