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I loved this book!
No Idea is a mystery romance, which is both thought provoking and emotional in places. With a great mix of characters, humour, adventure and an interesting twister of a plot, I think this would make a great TV mystery drama series.
This book takes the reader on a journey, as Rob Wise (or should that be not-so-wise, seeing as he seems to have no idea about a lot of things in his life), experiences transition and self-improvement on a personal, professional and spiritual level. Covering as far back as Rob’s childhood, there is a hint of coming-of-age to this storyline, although the main focus is on Rob’s life as an adult.
The reader enters Rob’s life when it has pretty much hit rock bottom. The way he was living with his housemates made me think of a cross between Trainspotting and Spike (the bloke in pants) in Notting Hill. Rob has SAD, which is a form of depression and has lost all motivation. He has no idea what he is about to face and how much his life is about to change.
This story keeps you guessing throughout. Initially, I had no idea where the story was going to take me, but then things started to take shape, and I thought I knew what was going to happen, but then something would be thrown in to the mix which left me with no idea where the story was going all over again. I think the title, No Idea is great, as it not only reflects Rob’s life, but also the reader’s experience of the story and nothing being quite as it seems.
If you fancy a book that has you giggling, gasping and guessing, then this is probably the book for you.
I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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This book took me 4.5 months to read.
77 year old Marylou decides to kill the doctor who she blames for the premature death of her daughter. Marylou was given radioactive material while she was pregnant as part of a secret government and her daughter died at 8 from cancer. So 50 years later Marylou hunts down the doctor only to find he has dementia and lives with his daughter's family. Marylou instead plans to cause destruction there. However, the family has a bunch of issues already and they all end up saving each other.
This book was billed as a dark comedy so I picked it up. That is not what this book is at all. It is a mess. The first chapter was the best, that was the one that set up Marylou's backstory. Let's dig into the Doctor's family real quick. We have a husband who is flirting with having an affair with a lady from grad school, and is obsessed with hurricanes. They don't live an a hurricane area and all discussion of his time in grad school feels unrealistic. The wife is crippled by her mother leaving when she was like 2 or 3, and this apparently only started showing up in the last few years, but is now obsessed with going to college with her oldest daughter and has let herself go. Two of the 3 children have Asperger's, though it's nothing like Asperger's, its more like they kindergartners with love interests. The youngest child just doesn't seem to have human priorities or reactions to the events that unfold in this book.
I was really iffy about this book when they described a teen girl as a "he/she", and it just kept getting worse and worse. The only thing this book did well was setting up the groundwork for the events that take place at the end. That being said they were pretty bad plot choices but they weren't completely out of the blue.
Two wise cracking lower level thugs take on the job of transporting a so-called werewolf named Ivan to a wealthy weirdo who wants him for nefarious purposes. The two figure it’ll be easy money. There’s no such thing as a real werewolf, right?
Things go awry, as they will. This is a novel written by Jeff Strand after all. Blood is shed and sarcasm is spewed hither and fro (along with a few body parts) as our tenacious thugs make one dumb move after another. It’s funny, they reminded me a little of those loveable nitwits from Home Alone at points, but it’s also brutal. This is a black comedy and I’m still not over an early scene involving dogs and probably never will be.
But that’s my problem.
Anyway, despite my sadness about a particular scene, the writing and the spectacular narration had an insidious power over me and I kept going, even when it took me to places I didn’t particularly want to visit. The story was nuts and the narration one of the best I’ve listened to in a good long while. He gave each character their own distinctive voice, didn’t go all fake falsetto on the women characters and really brought the scenes to life. Even when the story dragged here and there, I never found myself dozing and I credit that to the narrator.
I’d give the story a three and the narration a five. Guess I’ll have to settle for a four.
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