Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review: Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron

Come and Find Me is he story of reformed hacker Diana, who, after losing her boyfriend in a traumatic accident, refuses to leave her home.  Instead she lives her life through the virtual world of Other Life, an online role playing forum where she conducts all of her personal and professional business.  She runs a successful online security company with her partner Jake, who was her boyfriend's best friend.  Her only face to face human interaction is from her sister, who mysteriously disappears.  Diana must overcome her fears to rescue the one person she has left in her world.

Writing
The writing in this one got off to a pretty rocky start for me.  The author is setting her entire world up around this online universe and she pretty much immediately uses internet-speak incorrectly.  Internet-speak can be annoying enough on its own, but when it's used incorrectly by someone who is supposed to be this hacker/internet-genius in the first chapter, it's really annoying.  For the record, if you are online and you want to abbreviate "no big deal" it is "NBD" not "No BD".  Now that I have that off my chest...the writing honestly doesn't improve much.  I didn't like any of the characters, especially Diana.  She wasn't flawed in an endearing way, she was annoying and desperate and pitiful in a way that reminded me of how I feel when I'm watching Hoarders.  The plot is highly unbelievable and also ridiculously predictable, with foreshadowing so thick you can touch it.

Entertainment Value
As much as the writing turned me off to this book, it really wasn't that bad entertainment-wise.  I didn't love the characters and I was pretty sure I knew the ending after the first few chapters (I did), but I didn't struggle with getting through the book.  It has a fast pace and there were suspenseful moments.  I'd even recommend it to a certain set of readers: those who aren't into bloody, gory, scary thrillers.  It's got a harder feel than cozy mysteries, but it's not something that's going to make you check under your bed before you go to sleep at night either. 

Overall:
I thought it was ok, but it wasn't a favorite.  I wish I had liked the characters more and that the ending hadn't been so very obvious.  BUT, I do think it has a definite appeal to certain readers and I can think of several people who don't want scary but enjoy some suspense that I'd recommend it to. 

Thanks to TLC for including me on this tour!  Click here to see a list of all the other bloggers on the tour.

2 comments:

  1. I love that even though this book wasn't for you, you have folks you want to recommend this book to!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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  2. I've actually never heard of NBD, lol!

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