Sunday, October 20
Book Review: Caught
Author: Lisa Moore
Summary: Caught begins with a prison break. Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he is picked up by a friend of his sister’s and transported to a strip bar where he survives his first night on the run. But evading the cops isn’t his only objective; Slaney intends to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. Along the way, Slaney’s fugitive journey across Canada rushes vibrantly to life as he visits an old flame and adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities: hitchhiker, houseguest, student, lover. When finally he reunites with Hearn just steps ahead of a detective hell-bent on making a high-profile arrest, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an unsuspectingly, good read for me. It may not be my favourite book this year, but originally this was one of the books I wasn't sure of and I probably wouldn't have read it, if it hadn't been on the Giller Prize longlist. But, it was worth reading in the end, as it was a well written, and at times fairly interesting story, where you find yourself, almost rooting for the bad guy.
The writing was what hooked me into the story. It's the same writing that hooked me in the first book by I read by the author and for this book, the quality was just as good. Even during the times the story didn't interest me, or when I felt like the story was becoming a bit tedious, the writing alone kept me reading - and it was a book I read in almost a sitting. It shows just how good of a writing Moore is, when she can write a book I had no interest in reading, and making me want to bury myself into it and read until the end.
I enjoyed the story for the most part, but I did find it became a bit repetitive near the end. Especially with all of the near misses of recapture and I'm not sure how I feel about the ending of the book. It was a fitting ending and I don't think it could have gone differently, but there was also something, almost unsatisfying about the ending. Another issue I had with the book is it was a bit detached from all of the characters. In this case, having a bit of a distance from the characters worked at times - it helped me like Slaney more I think, but I also think that never really knowing anything about the characters, beyond what was on the surface, hurt how I felt about the book in the end.
Overall, I found it to be a good read, it was better than I originally gave it credit for, and a book I think is well worth reading.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It's not my top choice of a book to read, but it was a better book than I thought it would be. Fans of the author will not be disappointed, and I think that even those who aren't convinced by the plot should still give it a try, as it ended up being a different read than I thought it would be.
What to read next: The author's other books, and the books from the Giller Longlist/shortlist.
Challenges: 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge
This is part of an ongoing project I'm doing on the blog to read all of the 2013 Giller Longlisted books.
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