3 out of 4 stars
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Uncharted by Janet Howle is the story of an American investigative reporter's desperate search to find her missing brother and the challenges she runs into while trying to accomplish this.
Mary Katherine Deano, better known as Kat, finds out that her brother may be a part of a secret government plot, and she desires to uncover it. She finds help in the form of Carter McDowell, a sailboat captain who is lost in more ways than she imagines. Together they try to overcome the dangers on both land and sea. While Kat clings firmly to her purpose, Carter is trying to find one. Will their scars and circumstances pull them apart, or will it bring them together? Does Kat eventually find her missing brother? You'll find the answers in the pages of Uncharted.
Uncharted is a book that shows the inevitability of loss, as well as the comfort of love. It uncovers and expresses a range of human qualities from trust, love, and courage to betrayal, loss, and cowardice. It shows the different sides of human behavior and how people can find stability in the most turbulent and unlikeliest places.
I found the suspense factor a bit lacking. The words seemed almost clinical, and the writing understated. There was nearly no thrill. However, while the book seemed to lack the normal buildup of tension that characterized most books in this genre, I admire how the author carefully wove details around each other to create an intricate yet balanced plot. The story was straightforward to follow and kept my mind engaged as I tried to figure out some of the puzzles it contained. It managed to avoid one pothole some books fall into — too many unexplained scenes and loose threads.
What I liked most was the author's detailed description of the book's elements. The facets that made up the book were well researched yet delivered with the confidence that can only come with personal experience. The marine life and geography jargon gave the book a touch of authenticity. The author also provided a list of materials that would help further research. The reader would have all the information needed to understand the narrative.
I found only a few errors in the book, and I reckon it was professionally edited. Due to the lack of suspense and thrill, which was the only thing I found to be off-putting, I'd give it three out of four stars. It was an engaging read, and I recommend it to lovers of suspense stories.
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