Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Library - Contemporary Romance/Mystery Review "The Corner Window" by Darrel Rachel

Title:  The Corner Window
Author: Darrel Rachel
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date:  October 28, 2012
Genre:  Contemporary Romance / Mystery
Format:  Kindle 319 KB  |  Hardcover 194 pages

Buy this book on Amazon:  Kindle Edition  | Paperback


Synopsis from Amazon:

Frank Baldwin, a bitter and disillusioned young man just out of high school, accepts a temporary job that takes him to an isolated section of the California coast. There he meets Sylvia, a beautiful young woman from a mysterious family.

Frank soon finds himself deeply in love with this intriguing woman but the enigma surrounding her family haunts him. Unanswered questions about these people plague him. As his feelings for Sylvia grow, concerns about her family threaten their relationship, and Frank fears, his own safety. Driven by love, one that he expects can never be, Frank agonizes over the bitter choices he faces. Can he find happiness with Sylvia, or is the road he is traveling littered with dangers that will spell his doom?

The Corner Window is a novel of heart twisting emotion mixed with a measure of suspense and intrigue that draws inevitably to a shattering conclusion.
My Thoughts...
I am not too sure what to say about this book.  I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, I would probably lean closer to 2.5 stars, but it wasn't a terrible read by any means.  I was completely drawn in by the cover, that's why I wanted to read it originally.  It was a super quick read, I finished it in a couple of hours. 

The story starts out with an older Frank re-visiting the area 7 years after the events of the book took place. It's kind of odd because I don't believe we ever go back to the older Frank once the story is over, but it's been a couple weeks since I read it so I could be wrong.  In the story Frank is just out of High School, and trying to get out of a home where he believes that his mother doesn't really care about him.  He is a kid who's just sick and tired of being put in the middle of his divorced parent's issues and he wants to get away from it all.  He takes a summer job on the beach in a town several hours away from home.  He is to do maintenance and renovation on a small beach house owned by a local business owner. 

Over the course of the summer he meets and falls in love with a mysterious girl who is from another country.  She and her family live in a house that is just up the beach.  They are surrounded by a cloud of secrecy and suspicion and Frank really never does learn the true story behind why they are here in the United States.

Overall, I felt like the story had a lot of potential that it didn't quite live up to.  The characters weren't as fully developed as they could have been.  I think that the story was rushed and at times just didn't make a whole lot of sense.  I think this would have been a much better story if it had been bulked up a bit and made into a full size novel. 


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