My Review of Need To Find You by Joseph Souza for #RBRT


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I received Need To Find You  from the author in return for an honest review as a member of #RBRT

I gave Need To Find You 4*out of 5*

 The Blurb:

Yasmine ‘Yaz’ Weeks would prefer to forget her troubled past and the vile crimes committed against her, but when she discovers a hidden memoir in a kidnapped girl’s cell phone, Yaz finds herself on the run with an opportunity for retribution. She soon learns that the memoir has the potential to ruin both the reputation of its late great author, Robert Cornish, as well as the reputations of many influential people.

Whip Billings, an ex-cop, unwittingly becomes entangled in the mystery of the missing phone. Realizing that this newfound memoir could significantly hurt the sales of Cornish’s classic novel, Force of Will, he begins to search for Yaz. But why are the cops, and a mysterious drug kingpin known only as The Viking, also looking for her?

In his quest to find Yaz, Whip uncovers a vast network of political corruption, long hidden family secrets, and a series of reprehensible crimes. As the bodies in town begin to pile up, Whip knows that he must track down Yaz before she also turns up dead.

 My Review:

 I read NEED TO FIND YOU over two days, impatient each time I needed to put the book down, eager to pick it up again the next time. It has a plot which the I became more absorbed in as the story progresses. It’s a good fast-moving crime thriller; once it gets going. I found the narrative at the start ‘tells’ rather than ‘shows’ the action. However this is a book definitely worth sticking with. This is a tale of paradoxes, deceits and revenge in graphic and, sometimes, staggering in the many twists and turns.

 And I did like the  quotes at the start of each chapter. 

Joseph Souza’s strengths are his characters; brilliantly rounded, so authentic, so complex, that it’s possible to believe they are actually walking the streets. The author doesn’t just present us with good and evil; they are a mixture of  multifarious human traits. I loved even the ones I disliked, purely because of the way they are portrayed.  

I don’t give away spoilers; I will only say this is a book that sweeps you along with ease, yet makes you uneasy because what you perceive as actions that are right or wrong are sometimes erroneous; the author has depicted some of the characters’ traits in such a complex way that good and evil blend together.

 The dialogue is credible, differentiating each character; there is no doubt who’s speaking even if the words take you by surprise. As I say, there is ambiguity between the good and bad.  (Hmm, probably going on too much about this but it is one aspect that kept taking me by surprise)

Couple of things that didn’t quite work for me; the sex scene between two of the characters felt contrived, placed where it was, and every now and then, the graphic violence felt a little melodramatic.

Also, one thing that I felt was missing for me; though the action scenes were good, I sometimes didn’t always get a sense of place.

And, something I often forgot to mention, the cover … I love it,  I like the artwork but most of all I like the metaphor: the clarity of the image on the left and the elusiveness of the imagery on the right to me it sums up the content of the book.

So, in conclusion, I admire the way Joseph Souza juggles the many threads of this fast and steadily paced thriller. And I like the portrayal of the characters. I do need to repeat, it’s slow to start and I was little disappointed with the denouement.  But it is a good read, I like the author’s writing style and I would certainly recommend it.

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