EXCERPT: The simple fact of the matter is that she doesn’t belong with him. She’s getting in the way and acting so selfishly.
Her two sons are just pawns in the game. Defenceless boys who are being dragged along against their will.
Someone has got to help those children. Even if one of them gets hurt in the process.
Collateral damage…that’s what they call it, isn’t it?
ABOUT THIS BOOK: When single mother Darcy’s son falls from a rope bridge at a local playground, life stands still. She clutches his small, limp body, frozen, until a pair of strong hands push her aside, and she watches as George, a local doctor, saves her son’s life.
George is a single parent too, and with his twinkling hazel eyes, easy charm, and lack of wedding band is almost too good to be true, but coffee becomes lunch, lunch becomes dinner, and soon they can’t go an evening without seeing each other. When he invites her to move into his beautiful home with its sprawling garden for her boys, Darcy doesn’t hesitate.
But as Darcy is settling in, she receives a bunch of flowers with a chilling message. George says they’re from an obsessed ex-girlfriend, Opal, and days later Opal turns up at Darcy’s son’s football match. She claims to have shocking information that could threaten George’s custody of his daughter.
Darcy doesn’t know who to trust, but she’s starting to suspect that, whatever the truth, she might have put her beloved boys into terrible danger…
MY THOUGHTS: I have always had a hit and miss relationship with Slater’s work, admittedly more hit than miss, but this one was definitely a miss for me. Usually her stories just flow, but this one didn’t. I failed to get immersed in it and actually wound up skimming much of the the latter part of the book because I just didn’t care any more and wanted it to be over…..
I felt like I was being told a story, a highly improbable and far-fetched one at that. I have a fairly good tolerance for improbable and far-fetched, after all I do read and love fiction, but this just went a step too far. I didn’t feel any tension, any suspense, just head-shaking disbelief.
The characters were very one-dimensional and the plot, particularly towards the end, ludicrous. This could have been an absolutely brilliant book, but it falls well short of that mark. I know I am in the minority here, but this was a very disappointing read for me.
Reading is a personal and subjective experience, and what appeals to one may not please another. If you enjoyed the excerpt from Single by K.L. Slater, and the plot outline appeals, please do go ahead and read it. You may well love it, as many other people have.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Single by K.L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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