The Lost Swimmer

Title: The Lost Swimmer
Author: Ann Turner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Rating: 1

But careful was the last thing I intended. I would do whatever it took to find Stephen.

I don’t see what the craze is about?

This was supposed to be a good book. I mean, if you go off how much people are raving about it then this should have been a brilliant book. But for me it wasn’t? I don’t know what I missed but clearly I missed an entire book or something because this was not 5 star material as far as  I was concerned.

This book promised thrills. I was reassured it would be filled with mystery (and a murder mystery to boot!), except that it took over 200 pages to get to the murder. And the murder is in the blurb! It’s a key part of the plot and it’s in the final third of the novel. Doesn’t that sound strange to you? Not to mention the majority of the first part of the novel is school problems and the most random scenes with kangaroos, which do absolutely nothing to influence the story line.

So no, I wasn’t sold on the novel at first but I hoped it would get better. I like to hope.

But the book was slow, until we hit the disappearance and then it seemed to crash into a break-neck pace for the final 100 pages. We got to watch as Rebecca races across Europe searching for her husband and then it’s over. Full stop. I just wasn’t engaged. The characters were flat and didn’t really have much of a backstory. I didn’t feel a connection between Rebecca and her husband and outside of one small gesture I couldn’t see the claims of a mistress either. Her first person point of view was irksome and I couldn’t understand why she was so obsessed with this perfect (read: not so perfect) husband. Not to mention the fact that she was so naive when it came to certain points and I was left to wonder how someone like that could be a Head?

There were too many large chunks of unnecessary description to keep me hooked to this one and it definitely could have done with a lot more thrill. Although Turner did a few things right, there was a heck of a lot of wrong in this one and to by the end I just wanted to find out what happened and start on my next book.

Altogether this book was unbelievable and long and winding with no great plot twists like I was expecting. I really wasn’t a fan. But the cover was pretty.