Jun 132011

Stolen Hearts by Jane Tesh
Rating: 3/5
Source: Review copy from Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

To be published October 2011.

David Randall has fallen on hard times. Haunted by the memory of his daughter’s death and kicked out by his second wife, he moves in with his friend Camden temporarily. He is trying to set up his own private investigation agency and takes his first case with Melanie Gentry, who wants him to prove her great-grandmother was the true composed of some American folk music songs.

I found this book slow to get started. There was lots happening, but nothing seemed overly important, and I had a hard time deciphering what the main plotline was supposed to be. I was quite a ways in before everything started to make sense. The story did pick up steam in the second half, but there were still lots of disconnected elements still occurring.

The main thing that stuck out to me was David’s obsession with Kary. Based on the first few pages, I was under the assumption that David was still married, albeit newly separated. Based on this, David’s feelings and intentions towards Kary seemed unrealistic and way too rushed. This seemed to be quite important in the story, and since I had a hard time with it, I had a hard time with the overall book.

Music was a huge aspect of the story. It was a refreshingly light focus, even if the actual story was not that light. I am not a very musical person, but found this element to be unique, and not something found in most stories.

Overall, I am not sure how I feel about the book. I had a huge problem with David and Kary, and found there was so much going on that I had trouble focusing on the storylines. But it was original, with a paranormal aspect that was handled in a simple, understated manner.

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