Layover by David Bell

Layover by David Bell

In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a
pulse-pounding quest for the truth…

LayoverLayover by David Bell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the First to Read program. I ended up converting my read to an audiobook which I purchased myself. It was narrated by Robbie Daymond which I’d highly recommend.

I enjoyed this book. The beginning was really quite capturing even though some bits were less believable for me as far as the actual plot goes. It was easy to get into and I liked the suspense being conveyed. I like the author’s way of writing character attributes and how the plot became multi-dimensional as each backstory and character quality reinforced the perspective of where he wanted to take me. This was done with ease and I felt myself melting into the story.

In a sort of charming way, I did feel that sometimes it read like a late 80s film. The kind where you yell at the screen saying “just call 911!” and where you click your tongue and say “I’m sure…” as you roll your eyes over the handling of evidence as authorities and medical personnel break protocol in most every way, even for a small-town, low caliber situation.

The middle got a little complacent and then the ending was not as satisfying to me. I think it was the new character introduction/development being a much later in the game, so the build up after a lull was not as intriguing as I wanted it to be/experienced in the beginning of the book.

I did convert to audiobook half way through, which was excellent and helped me during the lull I experienced. I suppose the lull was attributed to some of the drawn out dialogue taking place when I was wanting the story to just finally move forward and get back to more of the suspense that drew me in at the beginning.

Even with the less believable aspects, I still really enjoyed the story. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thrill-type read and I will look forward to reading more from this author.

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