Thursday, June 3, 2010

Farraday Road

Ace Collins

It’s just another quiet evening out for Lije and Kaitlyn Evans. But somewhere along the way, it becomes something more sinister and a murder takes place. In the aftermath, a small-town attorney sets out to find his wife’s killers and uncovers a deadly conspiracy. A suspenseful mystery with a twist of faith.

My Take:

Oy.  Farraday Road was one of the most exasperating books I have ever read.  The ending was not complete, the multiple mysteries were not (even remotely) plausible, and the characters were not endearing.  Let me begin with my biggest pet peeve of the book.  There are several mysteries, and they all revolve around this particular piece of land, somewhere off in the Ozarks.  I'm sorry, but is the reader really expected to believe that there is some secret World War II mystery hidden on the property AND the mysterious loot that Jessie James pulled in on a hidden train from a bank robbery AND the Knights Templar's hidden treasure is buried below the mountain on the property???  Really?  What are the odds that all three of these totally unrelated mysteries happening all on this random plot of land off in the hills somewhere?  Not only are you to believe it is remotely possible, there is hardly any resolution to the mysteries! (Not to mention there are a number of unrelated sub-mysteries, also unresolved)  I believe this book is the first in a series, but when you write the first book of a series, you must give up enough info about the mystery to keep the reader interested, and by the end, there must always be some sense of closure.  On the plus side, there was a character introduced toward the end of the book that was very intriguing, a strong blind woman named Janie.  I wouldn't mind if the author just dropped Lije, (the main guy from Farraday Road) and just wrote about Janie instead, as she is infinitely more interesting.  Overall if Farraday Road leaves you half as frustrated as I was, I think you will agree with my rating of 5, Don't Bother.  .

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Farraday Road were a movie, it would likely be rated PG-13 for action and violence.

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Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I think I will be skipping it--it didn't sound to great from the little about section. Thanks for the honest review!

Carol said...

You know, I sometimes wonder why certain things ever make it to print, and so much actual literary brilliance never makes it to print. That too, is frustrating.

Julia M. Reffner said...

I think I will skip this one too, even though I got it free from Kindle. Life's too short to waste on poor reads.

MarthaE said...

Thanks for the heads up! Sounds like too much fantasy didn't mix with the mystery.

jewelknits said...

Thank you for the review ... yes, I definitely think that having ALL of those "Mysteries" attached to one single plot of land in the OZARKS, of all places ... is rather implausible. When a book doesn't come together well, it leaves the reader feeling cheated.

Sa Toya said...

I actually spent my childhood living on a Faraday Road. I might have to read it!

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