I thought I would do a series called ‘Freebie Friday’- every 2 weeks, I’ll review a book that’s available for a free kindle edition download on Amazon. After all – there has to be some good books waiting to be discovered.
First up. Solstice by Damian Stevenson. The story begins with the main character Dana checking into a psychiatric facility for depression. She’s there for a few days, and is picked up by her boyfriend – though it’s left ambiguous if it really was a boyfriend or not. The plan is to visit her sister in Oklahoma.
They stop at a hotel for the night, have an argument, and go to bed. When she wakes up, her boyfriend has left. There’s nothing that can be done as it’s too soon to file a missing persons report, so she continues on to Oklahoma by herself.
It turns out her sister lives on a commune called the Rainbow Collective- basically environmentalists, anti-technology, and they try to live like the ancients as much as possible. They’re all a bit strange. She tries to tell them and the local law enforcement about her boyfriend, but there is no proof he exists and they all think she is crazy. And she just might be -everything is left unclear to us readers as well. Dana must play detective to get to the bottom of the disappearance and prove her sanity.
I hate to give such a harsh review of this book simply because I know how difficult writing is, but it is just…not good. The characters are underdeveloped and bland. Perhaps with some more back story and better dialogue, I would have found the book more engaging.
In addition to that, the writing is full of typos, mistakes, and generally unclear passages. The descriptions in this story rival Twilight. Mundane things are described in such detail, yet there’s not enough detail used to flush out the characters and story. For example,’ Moonlight spilled in through the kitchen windows of Rainbow as Dana waited at the sink for water to gush into her glass. The faucet coughed, spewing mud and rust’ is used, but hardly more than a line is mentioned about what led her to check herself in to the psychiatric facility in the first place. There was also less than a page of back story about her relationship with her sister, which I felt was an important one due to the whole ‘Dana is just crazy and should we believe her’ premise of the book.
That said, there -is- a pretty good twist in it. I think the author did a good job with the plot idea, just failed in the actual execution. Overall, I’d give it a 2/5.
What did you guys think if you’ve read it?