Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: The Search by Clair M. Poulson

The Search, by Clair M. Poulson
2017, 256p, Clean Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=3 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Young private investigator Jayden Spaulding has cracked his share of tough cases, but nothing like this. When stunning professional basketball player Nadia Fairchild walks through his door, her story seems simple enough: two days ago, her mother disappeared along with a member of the women’s college basketball team she coached. Jayden and Nadia delve into a baffling maze of motive and opportunity with a lengthy list of possible suspects. As they work together amid their growing attraction to one another, the unlikely duo seems no closer to discovering the truth. Then the threats begin. Soon, the pair begins to suspect that this case is much more complicated than a simple disappearance—they have unwittingly stumbled on a conspiracy of corruption, greed, and murder far more deadly than they ever imagined. Others are also searching for the missing women, and they will eliminate anyone who stands in their way . . .

I've read a lot of Clair Poulson's books and have enjoyed most of them. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of my favorites.

I'll start with the negatives. I'm okay with characters that are immediately attracted to each other, but usually they keep it to themselves for a while. I felt like they were a couple within hours of meeting each other and so I had a hard time connecting with them. I didn't feel like I saw their relationship develop and progress because it was so instant. There were times I found myself skimming over the story because I started losing interest. The good news is that the story would pick back up so I would find myself engrossed in it again.

Now for the positives. I love that his stories move at a fast pace and this one was no different. There were plenty of suspects which didn't make it easy to figure out what happened. Even though I had some issues with how Jayden and Nadia's relationship developed, I liked their characters. Jayden's sense of humor helped lighten up some otherwise tense situations. His dog, Bullet, was awesome and easy to fall in love with!

Even though this book wasn't one of my personal favorites, I look forward to reading more of Clair Poulson's work in the future!

Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff's Department, where he was first a deputy and the the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books. Clair has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among them are the Utah Judicial Council, and FBI advisory board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Other interests include activity in the LDS Church, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses. Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-two grandchildren.

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*August 18th


Paij Slater said...

The book sounds interesting, I just cannot seem to get into his books. I have tried several times. I think if it's on audio I might give it a try :)

Sherry Fundin said...

Even if ya love an author, not every book is going to be a home run. The good thing, there's always the next one. :-)
sherry @ fundinmental

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