Sunday, February 26, 2012

44 (Jools Sinclair)

I suppose if you're a young adult still in, or maybe a few years out of high school, you can relate to the daily life of 17-year-old Abby Craig, a high school senior who lives with her older sister, Kate, in Bend, Oregon. I found it pretty juvenile stuff to read.
It isn't until we get halfway through the story that things begin to get somewhat interesting. The innocuous high school-ish babble doesn't quite stop, but at least there's something to get your interest up.
That said, Abby is a rather special person. Once a promising soccer athlete, her life of normality ended when she fell into a frozen lake and drowned. Dead. As in "pronounced dead." But then, she emerged from that icy hibernation and came back to life.
Abby has a recurring dream: She's float-sinking under water; she can't get free, just continues slowly downward. Then one night, something new is added – an old guy with a mermaid tattoo on his neck is sinking with her. The vision corresponds to a recent story Kate, a local reporter for The Bugler, did about homeless man found dead with just such a tattoo. It's the same man.
Then, it happens again, although this time, it's a woman drowning in a bathtub. The vision proves out as a woman is found dead in her bathtub. Was it an accident, as police suspect? Or is there a killer loose in Bend? What is happening here? Why is she having these dreams? Maybe what she really needs to do first is remember why she walked out on the frozen lake in the first place.
If you read 44 and anticipate something wonderful in the conclusion, a bright enlightening that will make your investment of reading time worthwhile, you're going to be disappointed. I know I was. And what exactly is the significance of the title? I haven't a clue. Good thing the e-book was free at
I couldn't give it a single bookmark. The author wrote a sequel. I certainly won't be reading it.
44 (2011)
Jools Sinclair
CreateSpace (Paperback, $7.99)
ISBN-13: 978-1463568269

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