I finished reading John Locke's Saving Rachel and must admit to having had an interesting reading experience. It was a book unlike any I had read with shifting viewpoints throughout - in the first-person narrative, I might add.
When reading most books, I scramble to turn the pages and this book was no exception, despite the fact it seemed that John Locke was messing with my mind, or was it Donovan Creed?
I didn't take it personally; I just became involved with the character of Sam Case and, as his mind became twisted and confused, the same thing was happening to me. As he stumbled through, trying to figure out what was happening to him, I was asking the same questions of myself. There were a few times I spoke aloud, in the dead of night, saying, "What the heck is going on?"
John Locke has a unique writing style. He deliberately writes and interjects his own thoughts into the story, or were they the thoughts of Donovan Creed?
Sometimes, it's hard to tell but, whatever the case, even if he jumped ahead of himself, he gladly took me back in time so that I could understand the story in its entirety. In fact, some parts of Saving Rachel read like a conversation - not dialogue within a story but as though the author was talking to me, as if I was in the same room and he was sharing a story with me, personally.
From beginning to end, the story was all about Saving Rachel. However, the end of the book brings a big surprise - one I could never have imagined - and the creative genius/imagination behind this book truly amazes me.
I also laughed at the humor which popped up throughout the book - in the most unexpected places, I might add. During moments when I should have been feeling a measure of suspense, I was trying to stifle my laughter. Does that give you an idea of how badly my mind was messed up?
John Locke was right when he said that many publishers would request a lot of changes in his writing style before publishing one of his fiction books. Of course, I can only speak for his Donovan Creed series and, admittedly, my experience only extends to what I've read in Saving Rachel. Even so, I know I will purchase another book in the series and will, eventually, purchase them all.
Will I become what John Locke and his fans refer to as an OOU? My gosh! I have a sneaking suspicion that it just might be the case.
Norma Budden is an avid reader who enjoys sharing her thoughts about the stories she enjoys most right here at Budden Book Reviews.
However, she is also a Canadian author who makes her home in Arctic Canada. To take a look at her books, please visit her web site at www.normasbooks.com.