“A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight and walks with you in the shadows.” Roscoe T Kearns, Second Chance to Live
By: Roscoe T Kearns
Length: 296 pages
Published: October 12, 2013
Navigating along life’s crooked line we are naturally touched by the people we meet and most will experience love and death and everything in between. This is a great read for both sexes. A powerful, erotic and thrilling love story with a psychological twist about a man and a woman in their mid forties who meet on an Internet Dating site. He enters her cottage through a purple door, a door he has painted from afar and once through he gets why she decided on purple. A memorable night of heightened sexual pleasure ensues, lasagna and tiramisu in between and deep, yes very deep conversations. The attraction quickly transpires into an emotional connection and before too long they each unlock buried memories of past events, memories neither expected to share with someone they had just met. But it’s clear from the onset they need each other; they need to share their stories to move on in life, a ‘Second Chance to Live.’ Was this fortuitous happenstance beginning with a click of a keyboard or destiny found? Love at first sight perhaps, if such a thing really exists, who knows, I shall let you decide but I do warn you; things are not what they seem as we discover more about their chequered past, a past hell-bent on revenge.
Second Chance to Live has a great premise. I was found that the author used character of a mature and respectable age as many of my readings tend to have the leads be in the age range of 16-30. So it did intrigue me that the author chose an older age bracket. I also loved the fact that our characters have no names. Literally our main characters have no name revealed throughout the book. Secondary characters are given names but the main male and female lead are left nameless.
I didn’t feel much of a connection to any character in this book. They all came to be very mundane. I struggled to read this, while the word flowed seamlessly, the plot was very lackluster. Which was very surprising because the opening is very strong and hooked me. I kept pushing through because I was hoping for more, but more never came. While this is marketed as thriller, I found no thrill in my read. Even the action packed scenes or more of the lack of action seemed dimmed down and came off as, well as just very BLAH to me.
The booked moved very slowly in the development of our characters and then escalated quickly within very passionate night in which the dialogue seemed forced and oddly scripted.
And the chequered past which was what I assumed was supposed to be an epic reveal twist, was not as epic of twist.
This book just didn’t do it for me. I wanted to finish it quickly but I also wanted to put it down just as fast. Maybe the book just wasn’t met for me.