Long Time Lost is a thriller novel written by Chris Ewan, packed full of action and suspense…well that’s what it hints at on the blurb. Is it really full of enjoyable and thrilling scenes? Or is just wasted pages full of boring and mediocre action? Well, lets find out!
Long Time Lost had me in-and-out of boredom, providing twists here and there that didn’t have me gasping at all. Everything could be predicted, and I was really disappointed by that. It may have been jammed packed full of action and European trips, but sadly it was a little over packed. There was so much going on that sometimes I lost track, and when I initially started this book I had to look back at pages to remember who was who and what was going on. For this book, it was more quantity than quality.
As for the pace, I found that it was quite fast even though this book is over 400 pages, and I felt I couldn’t quite keep up, so it was a relief when I was on the last pages as they were paced better.
The amount of enjoyment and thrill that is to be expected from a book of the action and thriller genre is sadly absent, therefore reading this novel’s plot was more of a task than something I really wanted to do.
Plot Rating: 1 out of 4 Stars
These characters…were just so unsurprising. The main character is called Nick Miller, and he’s just what you’d find in an action movie. Big guy with a sad story that has led him to become what he is. Unfortunately, there isn’t any real character development with Nick Miller, and he stays the same for the whole story.
As for another character called Kate…I hated her. She was like a demanding toddler who couldn’t hold back her feelings and was just a liability. I wish she wasn’t a part of the story, but sadly she was. Each page that had dialogue from Kate made me hate her more because she didn’t change either! She is a strong female who wants to take charge now and again which is great, but she isn’t one to consider the interests and safety of others first which annoyed me.
And as for other characters, I believe each added a special something to the story due to how different they were. DS Lloyd was a side character who took centre stage a few times, and I found her side of the story to be quite interesting as Nick Miller was something DS Lloyd wasn’t. He was illegal, and she was a part of the police force. She offered an insight into the legal side of Witness Protection and tracking people down, and I found each chapter that involved her to be a fresh breath of air. She was a character I didn’t like at first because she acted and behaved like she knew everything before anyone else, but slowly she began to see that she had things wrong and that’s where I started liking her. She changed! The only character to do so and I was so happy!
Character Rating: 2 out of 4 Stars
I’ll be completely honest here. I battled with myself when it came to finishing the book or leaving it incomplete. The story was lacking something, and it left me wondering whether it was worth my time finishing the book to find out the outcome. Due to this feeling alone, I must say that this book didn’t grip me at all.
Grip Rating: 0 out of 2 Stars
Overall it was a quite mediocre novel and I think it would be better to see this on the big screen with some major edits to the story to actually make it enjoyable and thrilling. It’s not worth the read unless you’re a major fan of the action/thriller genre, therefore I have to say that this book was a big disappointment.
Overall Rating: 1 + 2 + 0 = 3 out of 10 Stars
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