Official Review: Finding Sarah by Paul Walker

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Official Review: Finding Sarah by Paul Walker

Post by ayoomisope » 18 Jul 2018, 20:52

[Following is an official review of "Finding Sarah" by Paul Walker.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Finding Sarah is a fiction novel, authored by Paul Walker, about the mysterious disappearance of a woman named Sarah Mason. The novel contains different, and sometimes overlapping, timelines involving diverse characters. The chief characters are Ola, Sarah’s daughter; Jack Mason, Sarah’s husband; and Matt, Sarah’s grandson.

The story centers on Sarah, a mother of two who had disappeared about thirty-five years ago and was never found, and her grandson, Matt. There is equally a good deal of focus on Jack, who encounters financial difficulties in business and deteriorating health that incidentally coincide with Sarah’s disappearance. Jack is old, diseased, and presumably close to death, so Matt’s curiosity steers him to investigate Sarah’s mysterious disappearance before Jack dies. The story chronicles the perspectives of Ola, Jack, and Matt at various points spanning three decades, each timeline offering a compelling clue to the solution of the mystery.

The book is well-constructed, and the timelines are properly ordered. The storyline, which is arguably my favorite aspect of the book, is indeed strong, relatable, and harmonious. It contains a good deal of suspense that compels the reader to complete the tale. The book also employs a laudable level of imagery and descriptive input, which keeps the mind of the reader creatively engaged as the plot unfolds. Furthermore, virtually all the characters are quite active and satisfactorily depicted, so there is no hint of redundancy with them in the story.

Certain aspects of the narration involve too much detail about rather mundane things, however, providing the possibility of making some characters lost in a sea of information. A stronger emphasis on the storyline in those aspects would have been reasonably better. In addition, while the editing is quite commendable, there are certain errors in spelling and punctuation. Perhaps my most profound disappointment is that the story seems to promise to end on a dramatic, emotional note, but there is simply not enough of that—it concludes far too steeply. I would have preferred a lengthier story (with more insight into the events shortly beyond the end).

All things considered, Finding Sarah is a thriller in its own right. I give it a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. It does not obtain a 4-star rating because of the errors I perceived as well as the fashion it ends in. Nevertheless, it will undoubtedly be a good, and somewhat enjoyable read, for anyone who enjoys thrilling and suspenseful novels.

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Post by Bonnie Shelby » 19 Jul 2018, 11:25

Certain aspects of the narration involve too much detail about rather mundane things, however, providing the possibility of making some characters lost in a sea of information.
I always get bored when too much information on inconsequential things are revealed, and I hate it when books don't end properly. I think I'll be avoiding this one, but thanks for the great review :)

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Post by Cecilia_L » 19 Jul 2018, 12:35

I love suspenseful crime thrillers, and I was ready to add this to my bookshelves until I read your description of the ending. When I've spent time reading a book, I always feel slightly cheated by an unresolved ending!

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Post by StarkidStarling » 19 Jul 2018, 14:08

It sounds like an interesting read. I'm not a detail person though, I much prefer to imagine all the little stuff on my own otherwise it bogs down the story too much. I really wanted to read it until I got to that part, I know I could get through it and probably enjoy it but it takes more willpower than I have to get through a descriptive book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Jul 2018, 08:11

This sounds very intriguing. It does seem sometimes that writer's get rather caught up in giving you every specific detail about the littlest things. Despite that, it sounds like you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for your review.
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Post by AmySmiles » 20 Jul 2018, 10:38

I enjoy a good thriller, but I'm a little turned off by the over description. This would not be at the very top of my TBR list, but maybe someday. Thanks for the review!
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Post by gen_g » 22 Jul 2018, 02:48

Thank you for the review, it's always a pity when the author goes off-track. It's also somewhat off-putting in what would otherwise be a great read.

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Post by czar_milli » 23 Jul 2018, 01:17

Well, I think it'll be great, but its just not for me, great review though

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Post by Peter-+ » 30 Jul 2018, 13:27

i got interested in the book and was fascinated by the author but the review got me frozen after scaling through to the end of the review and i just thought it wouldn't be as interesting as i thought it would..

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Post by tanya_bagga1 » 01 Aug 2018, 01:59

This could be a great book to read as it involves suspense and thriller so this would be interesting to read.. Cheers to the author!

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