Patrick Forrester is in trouble. Deep trouble. Someone wants him dead. In fact, lots of people want him dead, but one of them has taken him hostage. As he’s being bundled away, he manages to call his ex-lover, Summer Morris, and begs her for help…
Summer Morris, an award-winning photographer with synaesthesia, hasn’t spoken to Patrick for months. With good reason. In fact, she would have been happy never to hear from him again. But, he begged her for help, so she’s trying to help. Along with an off-duty police officer, Detective Sergeant LB Stewart, she gets swept into Patrick’s world of lies and deceit, in a desperate race against time to find him alive.
Trying to unpick the knot of Patrick’s life takes them from an affair that could help bring down a government, to the dust and heat of Malawi, and a whole heap of trouble in between. If only they knew who wanted him dead, they might find him alive. The trouble is, almost everyone wants Patrick dead.
The Wrong Kind of Clouds by Amanda Fleet: Review
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I seem to be reading a lot of crime novels at the moment. It’s funny because crime fiction used to be a genre that I never really had an interest in reading. Then I read books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan and I can’t get enough of them. The Wrong Kind of Clouds by Amanda Fleet was no exception.
I must admit, it took me a couple of chapters to really get into the story. At the beginning we are introduced to multiple characters that I guessed would have some bearing on the story in the later chapters. I found myself getting a bit confused when a new character name was mentioned. I kept thinking, “Who’s this now? Who are you?!” I didn’t let this bother me too much. I knew that if they were introduced now, they would probably be of importance later on. I waited patiently to see where they would fit into the story.
“I just wanted to read what was happening with Summer and LB, the two characters I did care about!”
Later on, these characters did play a much bigger part. They were all linked to Patrick, the missing man, in some way. However, I found myself not caring too much about these characters when their perspectives were being told. I just wanted to read what was happening with Summer and LB, the two characters I did care about! Luckily, these secondary character did develop bigger plot lines in the second half of the book when the story came together.
On the same subject, I agree with other reviews who say that they didn’t really care very much for Patrick. We don’t know very much about him, and the things we do know don’t make him out to be very likeable. It’s a bit like Nick in Gone Girl – seemingly not a very nice character who doesn’t treat anyone with much respect, so you almost don’t care what the outcome is at the end. However, for Summer’s sake, I really wanted him to be found because I cared a lot about her. Summer and LB were easily the best characters in the book and I loved the rollercoaster relationship between them.
“I was completely satisfied with the ending and I had no more questions left unanswered.”
As for the story, after taking the first quarter or so of the book to really get into it, I really enjoyed it. I was gripped right till the end. I desperately wanted to know why and how Patrick disappeared, what would happen the other characters, and which direction the relationship between Summer and LB would take. I was not disappointed with this book at all. By the end, all questions were answered, and all plot lines were nicely finished. I was completely satisfied with the ending and I had no more questions left unanswered.
I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book if you like crime novels. I read it in only a few days!
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