Thursday, 19 June 2014

Blackout by Jan Christensen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Heron's Nest and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Who is she? Battered and bruised, she first becomes aware of her total loss of memory while walking on a dark, lonely road. Before she arrives in an unfamiliar town called Valleyview, she makes up a name-Alice Strong--and claims she's eighteen. Her injuries heal and she accepts a job at the local nursing home. During her first day of work, a patient passes away, posed as if ready for burial. Alice can't understand why the death of an old woman she doesn't know hits her so hard. When a second resident dies in the same position, the director of nurses, Betty Cranston, is positive residents are being murdered. She fears for her paralyzed mother. And she suspects Alice. Alice must remember her past to help prove her innocence. When she remembers this wasn't her first blackout, dread holds her back because what she does recall might all disappear a third time. Can she piece her puzzle together before the killer strikes again? Should she even try?

Blackout by Jan Christensen

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Blackout(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Heron's Nest and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Alice finds herself walking along the side of the road, with no idea how she got there, or even what her real name is.
After getting help from a passing stranger, and finding a place to live, Alice begins to work at a care home where it seems the residents are being murdered.
Who is Alice? Why can’t she remember her life before? And who is murdering the care-home residents?

This was an okay story, but there was just way too much stuff in here that didn’t move the story along.

Alice was an okay character, and I felt a little sorry for her and the way she couldn’t remember who she was or where she belonged. She was a bit of a sheep at times though, and allowed other people to make decisions for her.

The storyline in this was okay, but it was buried beneath so much other stuff that it was just silly. While the main storylines were Alice’s amnesia and the murders at the care home, most of the book was devoted to Alice learning the ropes at the care home, which whilst informative wasn’t exactly entertaining. A book about looking after people in a care home belongs more in non-fiction than a murder-mystery story.
There wasn’t really much romance in this one, although it did seem obvious that one person really liked Alice in a romantic way.
The ending to this was okay, but I had lost interest a bit by that point. I got so bogged down in all the mundane stuff that the rest of the story was lost, which meant that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have.
Overall; too much stuff that didn’t move the story along,
5 out of 10.

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