”It all started when I saw myself dead”
This one sentence starts you on a ride you don’t really want to get off so easily
Mystery is a genre, I’ve never really had much to read on…before I stumbled on “Twenty-Eight and a half wishes”. Considering it was my first.. I was expected to be taken on a roller-coaster ride
To an extent it was a fine ride, flipping through page after page to know more. I’m gonna say, I enjoyed the read, definitely not bad in terms of expectations.. but then I don’t have anything else (in the same genre) to compare it to as yet, as I read more… I’ll be able to judge better.
For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: there isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect. Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen — do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton county jail isn’t her biggest worry after all
Impressive synopsis! I’d have to say.
The fact that I didn’t pay a rupee for the book and read it for free, makes me feel that, at least some things in life are good which don’t necessarily cost money.
Rose Gardener. She’s 24. Single. Shy.
And she’s made a list of a 28-and-a-half wishes.
Rose Gardener was an interesting character, though she comes across as naive, she is like-able. The story was definitely interesting and I was engaged by the plot and how the various character developed right through the story. The writing style is pretty smooth and you kinda get sucked into the story because of the way it is written. There is just the right mix of suspense and mystery with the right comic timing of Rose’s personality. The romance aspect was just enough (or very subtle I should say) no heavy descriptions (something Indian readers are not used to) but it works well within the story. I won’t say I was disappointed with the mild steam that happens between Rose & Joe. Denise Swank (the authoress) is clear – no explicit sex. Sex clearly happens, but Swank pulls the curtains pretty quick when the going actually gets good.
Get your copy or read it free on Amazon Kindle or the whattapad app.. definitely worth your time! Rose Gardener’s story is one you definitely would like to be a part of.
A rating of 4 stars out of 5 for me. Looking forward to reading more from Denise Swank. There’s a lot more to read from where this came from:
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes
Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons
Thirty and a Half Excuses
Thirty-One and a Half Regrets
Thirty-Two and a Half Complications
Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans
Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments
Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies
Thirty-Six and a Half Motives