Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review: Layover by David Bell

Author: David Bell
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: July 2019

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work. His life is a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, Joshua meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it's time for their flights, Morgan gets up to leave, leans over and passionately kisses Joshua, lamenting that they'll never see each other again.

As Morgan slips away, Joshua is left feeling confused by what just happened between them. That's when he looks up and is shocked to see Morgan's face flashing on a nearby TV screen. He's even more shocked when he learns the reason why--Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets to discover the truth about why Morgan is on the run. But when he finally thinks every mystery is solved, another rears its head, and Joshua's worst enemy may be his own assumptions about those around him...

Layover features Joshua who is bored with is life and job.  He is in a dead end relationship and works for his father in a job he hates. He meets  Morgan in the terminal during a long layover and is so intrigued that he decides to throw caution to the wind and follow her.  It turns out Joshua isn't great at picking his spontaneous moments. 

I really wanted to love this book, but sadly I found it mediocre at best.  My main issue with the story was the main character.  He isn't too bright.  I mean I understand that sometimes you have to take a chance on something.  However, when he figures out what is going on with Morgan, he really should have walked away.  Why would you risk your future for someone you don't even know?  He just kept making dumb choices.  I did like the police detective, but her character wasn't enough to save the book.  The ending was predictable and disappointing.  I found nothing thrilling about this book.  I wouldn't really recommend it.

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