2 out of 4 stars
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I am sure that we are all familiar with the adage, ‘do not judge a book by its cover’. I believe that there is wisdom in this saying. However, an attractive book cover sometimes makes me feel that the book must be super awesome; such was the case with The Touch: A Supernatural Story Part I by Robert Flynn III. Was this book as superb as I expected it to be? The short answer is no, but, the book had its highlights.
The Touch features a colourful cast of characters. The story begins at a hospital where Alabama, a Native American works. Alabama receives a 'touch’ that changes her life forever from a terminally ill cancer patient. She soon decides to adopt two twelve-year-old boys, Gabriel and Josh. The focus of the story shifts from Alabama to Gabriel. Gabriel has had supernatural encounters since he was a baby. It seemed obvious that the protagonist was Gabriel. That is, until the focus shifts to several other characters. Two of these other characters are children from Afghanistan. Gabriel and all these other characters share the fact that they can hear a 'Voice' speaking to them in their mind. That 'Voice' may have given them the power of ‘touch’.
I would like to applaud Flynn for the highlights of this novel. The concept of the story is very intriguing. I enjoyed the blending of supernatural and family themes. It was apparent that the 'Voice' chose children and people that had experienced the loss of family members. It makes you wonder whether the voice was genuinely comforting them, or, taking advantage of their vulnerability. Also, I liked that I was not certain about the identity of the 'Voice' until near the big reveal. I was especially glad that this novel was professionally edited. It was evident that the author put effort into writing a great book.
Unfortunately, there were a few cons that I must discuss. The story felt very choppy. As previously mentioned, the focus was shifted from one character to another. At more than one point it felt like I was reading an entirely different book, and the previous story was abruptly stopped. This made it hard to connect with all the characters. Also, I found the author’s writing style grandiloquent. For example, the use of the expressions, “large exquisite knives that he treasured,” and “slid into the most comfortable seat of his rather expensive sports car” were unneeded, maybe even cringe-worthy.
In conclusion, I rate The Touch 2 out of 4 stars . If the novel was not part of a series, I would have given it 3 out of 4 stars. However, this book is obviously part I in a planned series, and I was not persuaded to continue this story. I would also only recommend it to fans of the supernatural genre that are looking for a relatively short reading experience.
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