Sunday, March 29, 2009

Review - Unseen by Nancy Bush

Nancy Bush
384 p, Kensington Books, April 2009
About the Book

She woke up with no memories...She wakes up in a hospital room...bruised...bloody...confused. She knows her name is Gemma La Porte - but that's all. She doesn't remember smashing her car. She doesn't remember anything from the last three days. But a policeman, Deputy Will Tanninger, is waiting for answers and wants to know if she's responsible for a fatal hit-and-run.

But remembering her past could kill her...Hoping to restore her shattered memory, Gemma has no choice but to put her trust in Will. But if it turns out she's guilty of murder, he has no choice but to arrest her. Torn by her growing feelings for Will, and haunted by her shadowy past, Gemma is determined to learn the truth. But, in this case, the darkest truths are unknowable - and the deadliest enemies are unseen.

My Thoughts

I was ready to be impressed with Nancy Bush having just finished reading 'Wicked Game' that she's co-authored with Lisa Jackson. While it began promisingly enough, Unseen didn't seem that to be that original or impressive. But that impression changed soon!

Readers are introduced to this young woman who is seemingly on a vigilante crusade to eliminate pedophiles. She runs one over with her car. We then see a hurt young woman land up in a hospital. The cop assigned to the case is determined to prove her guilt, even as he battles his growing attraction to this strange woman. As the story progresses along this line, it seems to get more and more predictable. The one thing that did stand out was the villain who's obsessed with wolves and witches and is after our heroine for seemingly being a witch. It's obvious the guy's nutso but who is he, what's his motivation and what's all that with witches etc - these questions and more kept me reading.

I'm glad I did for then the story took a different turn and I soon realized I had been wrong to think of this story as predictable. There's a Hitchcockian-twist to the theme that reminded me irresistibly of a favorite movie of mine - Vertigo. That's hint enough for you! Until then, even I was taken in utterly by the liberal red herrings cleverly scattered all along the narrative by the author. The only part of this story that didn't quite gel with me was the romance that springs up so suddenly between the lead characters. They don't know each other that well to begin with. There's mutual distrust to be overcome and curiously enough, I never did get the sparks between them. And then something happens towards the end that made it feel even more unreal to me.

That part, the story overall is wonderfully suspenseful and the chill factor never ends! In the end, some questions are answered, but many others are raised. Curiously enough, this novel ends up pointing in the direction that 'Wicked Game' does. This in turn leads me to believe that perhaps all these stories are interconnected. As to how, now that remains to be seen.

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  1. Unseen did not seem to end right. Will there be a followup as to what happens to Ani?