Friday, March 30

Book Review: Galveston

Title: Galveston

Author: Paul Quarrington

Pages: Ebook - 157

Summary: Few people seek out the tiny Caribbean island of Dampier Cay. Visitors usually wash up there by accident, rather than by design. But this weekend, three people will fly to the island deliberately. They are not coming for a tan or fun in the sun. They are coming because Dampier Cay is where it is, and they have reason to believe that they might encounter something there that most people take great measures to avoid -- a hurricane.

A lottery windfall and a few hours of selfishness have robbed Caldwell of all that was precious to him, while Beverly, haunted by tragedy and screwed by fate since birth, has given up on life. Also on the flight is Jimmy Newton, a professional storm chaser and videographer who will do anything for the perfect shot. Waiting for them at Dampier is the manager of the Water’s Edge Hotel, “Bonefish” Maywell Hope, who arrived at Dampier by the purest accident of all -- the accident of birth. A descendent of the pirates who sailed the Caribbean hundreds of years ago, Hope believes if he works hard enough, he can prevent the inevitable. Until, that is, the seas begin to rise . . .

My Rating: 3.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book just wasn't my cup of tea. Although the concept of the book interested me originally, how it was executed and what the book turned out to be, didn't work for me at all.

The writing quality was average, wasn't bad, but wasn't something that made me want to find more of the authors books. But the story itself is where the book failed for me. There didn't seem to be substance to it, it went from past to present a lot. Instead of letting the secrets of the past come out into the story naturally, it felt forced. The characterization and how they interacted with each other was also random and felt forced.  
Overall this wasn't the book for me.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I don't think I would. The book ended up being a letdown, and not at all what I'd expected especially considering it was a Giller nominee
What to read next: I'd read the other books from the 2005 Giller Long/Short Lists

Challenges:  12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, EBook Challenge, Global Reading Challenge New Authors Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I am sorry to hear that this one didn't work for you. I also don't like it when writing feels forced. I think I am just going to skip this one.