Monday, November 25, 2013

Jessie's Song

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"A kidnapping. A 24 hour deadline. A shocking ransom demand.

Markos Adams is famous, but not for his flashy guitar chops, leading man good looks or homemade baklava. After a heavily publicized suicide attempt, he tries to get his life and mind back in order. The morning after his return to the stage, Markos's worst nightmare is realized when his daughter, Jessie, is abducted. The kidnapper contacts him with the terms of the ransom: Markos must identify who he is in twenty-four hours. If he fails, he must commit suicide. Markos races against the clock to unmask the kidnapper and starts to question his sanity when he experiences visions of Jessie singing to him. Is Markos slowly descending into madness, or is he the victim of a sadistic criminal act that will force him to face his biggest fear...that he'll die before seeing his precious daughter again."

At first, I liked the mystery tied up to this story. With the main character, Markos, running out of time, he is pushed to the edge of desperation, in need of finding his daughter and her kidnapper. But then, as the story progresses, it gets weird and boring. The sense of mystery and suspense is completely gone and was alternated by something spiritual, which for me, seemed out of place. It looked like the later part of the book was added in order to make a great impact to the readers, but it lacked any connection for me and did not establish any emotional tug or deep realizations that maybe the author wanted to make. It seemed that it was added for the sake of making the story longer, but after everything else, the whole sense of the kidnapping was forgotten and was ended quickly. Jessie's Song seemed like a disorganized thought all jumbled up in one book, lacking any intrigue as you get to the mid part of the book up to the end. I found it hard to appreciate the spirituality/philosophy inserted and the satisfaction of an ending/resolution of the events that happened.

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