Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Drift

Drift by Sharon Carter Rogers
368 pages- Fiction, Christian, Adult
April 13, 2010- Howard Books
Source: Louisville Free Public Library
Purpose: Fun
                Okay, first I have to say that it’s kind of lame that no one knows who this author is.  She (or he since the name is pseudonym it could be a man) goes to extremes to not be discovered. I’m curious as to why. ( I didn't find out about the about the author’s hidden identity until typing up the review, which was several months after the review was written.)
Goodreads Summary: "I am not angel, nor am I demon. I am not a ghost as some would like to believe. I am a Drifter, something God created in his spare time and then forgot on the fringes of reality." CHARLIE MURPHY, BOSS OF THE CRIME SYNDICATE THE ORGANIZATION, IS DEAD. His sassy, impulsive, bold, daring, and fearless twenty-year-old adopted-by-kidnapping daughter, Baby Doll, stands by his open grave—poised, ready to run. If Maurits, Charlie’s bodyguard and heir to the Justice position, discovers the role she played in Charlie’s death, she will pay the ultimate price. A few yards away, a freezing man huddles in a ball on a freshly filled-in grave. He doesn’t seem to be mourning. He seems to be helpless. Hopeless. Waiting. Foolish. He is a Drifter, waiting for a new tether—a person who will see him when no one else can. And he will stay with that person for an unknown period of time. For unknown reasons. He drifts through life invisible to all but one. Heaven and hell are unattainable for him. There is pain. Sometimes lots of pain. But there is no death, even when he wishes it would come. This time, he becomes tethered to Baby Doll, who is determined to finish what she started and will do anything to accomplish it. In a world where loyalties and betrayals are both rewarded with death, each pawn in this deadly game must stay one step ahead of the rest, or they will find themselves six feet under—next to Charlie Murphy.
My Thoughts:
I wish that I could say that I really liked Drift. But in truth, it was just an okay read.  Actually, it was a little less than okay, but I don’t know why. The synopsis sounded great and unfortunately that was the best thing about this story. There were several areas where the story fell short for me.  After reading the story, I couldn’t tell you where the story took place. I am not sure if the city’s name is even mentioned in the story, but nothing about the setting pops out.  Even the police department goes unnamed.
Boy (Drifter), neither anger nor demon, invisible and unnoticed by everyone except for the person that he’s tethered to. This is a unique idea and it has the potential to be amazing. But it falls flat. I wasn’t able to really connect with him. Having a name is powerful, but not having can be just as powerful. Boy never really settled down into a character to really like or one to really hate. He falls in the impassive middle.
Baby Doll doesn’t know who she is. She knows who she’s not and a little about her past. She knows enough about The Organization but not enough to belong.  Detective Lopez had more of a presence in the beginning, but then fades away.  Not really what you would expect from a detective who is trying to build a case against the biggest crime organization in the city. Maurits is the new justice now that Charlie Murphy is gone. He is torn between being there for Baby Doll and his new role.  It was his final decision that made me really not like him and thinking “if he only knew”.
Honestly, I couldn’t really recommend this book. If you are already a fan, you may want to check this out.  I have her other two books on my shelf. I am not in a rush to read them, though they have great covers and an intriguing synopsis.
1 Star *
Always Shine,
Starr K

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