“ Genre: Romance / Author: Janette McCarthy / Paperback / 304 Pages / Book is published 2007-01-04 by Dafina „
If you read the back of this book you will think that you're about to read a romance novel. The sign on the side of the book that declares that this is a romance novel would seem to confirm this. Reading the book will make you wonder what exactly the publishers were thinking when they decided that this is a romance novel. This is not a romance novel. This is a novel about an American lawyer called Jasmine. When her ex-boyfriend and colleague Chester is murdered she finds herself becoming more and more involved in the murder investigation. Chester wasn't a popular man and the more Jasmine searches the more suspects and motives she finds. There are more murders and soon Jasmine's a potential target for the killer. Detective Marcus Claremont is also investigating the murder. He's been attracted to Jasmine for years (from afar, he's never actually talked to her before) and now the murder investigation is bringing him closer to her.
There were so many things about this novel that I liked, I liked the writing style and I liked the main character but this wasn't a good novel for me. Written in first person I really felt like I got to know Jasmine as a character. She's a strong, independent woman who has made a name for herself in her chosen career. Those are just the kinds of traits that I like in a character and I did really like Jasmine but I didn't like her enough for that to carry the entire book. The main problem for me was that this was marketed very clearly as a romance novel and I didn't think there was enough romance for it to be in this genre. Jasmine and Marcus interact with each other a handful of times, some of this contact takes place on the phone and all of it is the very very initial part of a romance. By the end of the novel they had reached the point where most romance novels start and this was really disappointing for me. There is some heat between Jasmine and Marcus and I would certainly be interested in reading a romance novel with them in it but this isn't it.
The majority of this novel was focused on the crime but not in a crime novel or thriller novel kind of way. It's like this book didn't know what genre it wanted to belong to and ended up not really fitting in anywhere. Somehow the author managed to make a murder very mundane. That's not to say that it was all bad but it didn't contain the edge that I would expect from a crime novel. There weren't any nail biting moments, there wasn't for me any guessing who did it...the book just plodded along, some bits better than others, and then it ended. It wasn't a sudden ending but because the book hadn't delivered anything that I would expect from this kind of novel it felt incomplete. I was still waiting for the big romance, I was still hoping for a couple of scenes that would have me on the edge of my seat. It just never came.
There were parts of the book that really gripped me. Character development was very good and even the secondary characters had well developed histories and personalities. There were a lot of twists in this book regarding the characters and each time this happened I found myself being drawn into the book. The problem was that this was never sustained and I would soon lose interest. This was a book that I would read a couple of chapters of, sometimes get really into and then lose interest and put down. It was just so inconsistent. It was such a short book that I really thought the author should be able to keep my attention throughout, especially when she could do it so well at points during the novel.
This novel had a lot of potential. This is an author who writes very well and creates wonderful characters but she fails to deliver a good story. I hope to read more by this author in the future simply because I think her books could be great, this one just wasn't.