Book Rate: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)
I don’t know if it was the official synopsis that got my expectations so high, but the truth is I am really disappointed with Hearing Thoughts.
The first few chapters were fine, the story sounded promising but then, all of a sudden, Danny (the protagonist) started sounding like a child when he interacted with other characters. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because the first time it happened he was under the effects of an alien spaceship, but it continued once he got back to Earth and through the rest of the book.
But I think I could’ve dealt with that and still enjoy the book. Until Danny met Alisha… and one week later they were deeply in love and one or two weeks after that planning to move in together and get married and have kinds and grand kids and planning where they will live after they retire. And the fact that we barely get to know them as individuals and even less as a couple just adds to the awkwardness that their relationships transmits to the reader.
Hearing Thoughts could still have been a 3-stars book for me if the story line was gripping and interesting. But it failed greatly there too in my opinion. As we read from the perspective of different characters, the plot barely holds and surprises and twists. We already know who are the traitors and their plans from the start and it’s very clear how the story will develop.
The only thing I mildly appreciated in Anthony Diffley’s book was his writing style and the pacing of the story itself.
To be very honest, this is not a book I recommend.
- Plot ★★☆☆☆
- Characters ★☆☆☆☆
- Writing ★★★☆☆
- Pacing ★★★★☆
- Cover ★★★☆☆
Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):
Daniel Burke is a prosecutor in New York City who decided to take a short getaway vacation with two friends to their cabins up in Lake George. All is going well for him and his friends until he is suddenly and discreetly abducted by an alien vessel from outer space.
While on board of the vessel, Danny is given the ability to communicate with the aliens via thought transmission or, in other words, through the ability of hearing their thoughts. Just as they are returning Danny back to earth trouble hits their ship and interrupts the process of removing the thought hearing capability. Danny is safely returned but unintentionally left with the talent to hear other people’s thoughts. When he finally realizes this, he starts to question himself as to how he can put it to good use. Until the CIA contacts him and his life is changed forever.
Publisher: Page Publishing
Date of Publication: March 16th 2015
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 208
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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