Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester

Chasing the Sun
by Natalia Sylvester

Publisher: Lake Union
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’ll do anything to get her back. Or will he?
As Marabela slips farther away, Andres must decide whether they still have something worth fighting for, and exactly what he’ll give up to bring her home. And unfortunately, the decision isn’t entirely up to him, or up to the private mediator who moves into the family home to negotiate with the terrorists holding Marabela. Andres struggles to maintain the illusion of control while simultaneously scrambling to collect his wife’s ransom, tending to the needs of his two young children, and reconnecting with an old friend who may hold the key to his past and his wife’s future.

Kritters Thoughts:  Andres and Marabela don't have a history of the best relationship, so one day he comes home and she is not there and some may not agree with his non reaction, but after their history is explained the reader understands why he may not be so worried.

Set in a time and place where kidnapping wealthy relatives is common and ransoms are serious.  Andres ends up hiring someone to talk him through the process and until the very end I couldn't trust this guy - let me know if you could trust him from the beginning?  Without spoiling, the book is divided into two parts, the kidnapping and the days after Marabela returns home.  I appreciated that the author included this time as to show how life is after the victim returns home and the family must start a new chapter after this horrific episode.

A book out of my comfort zone and sometimes it is nice to read something from left field.  One of the hard things about reading this book was the quick change to the past and a story that supports the greater story, but the jump into the past was a little fast.  After the back story is shared, there is then a jump to the present.

A book that reminded me of a movie and I could see it clearly on the big screen.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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