“It sounds like liquid crack,” Betty said and immediately regretted it.
– Green River Blend, P. 18
From Amazon: Nothing exciting ever happens in a small town… Especially in the sleepy Florida beach side stretch known as Hammond Beach, nestled between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. Free from corporate businesses and a slew of tourists descending upon the quaint former fishing village, Hammond Beach is like a painting. Locals run the businesses on Main Street. Even when a new coffee shop opens, the owner hires only Hammond Beach locals, including manager Betty. She’s born and raised in Hammond Beach and knows everyone. But when the latest and greatest coffee is put out, Green River Blend, strange things begin to happen to the residents of Hammond Beach…
Mr Rosamilia’s writing style is easy and flowing. The story really tells itself. I found one or two minor errors, as is normal but on the whole this book was grammatically sound. I especially enjoyed the character descriptions. I was able to build a very clear image of each of the major characters within the first few chapters.
“Rhett McDonald had no friends. No one at school picked on him, either. They just left him alone, which was even worse to him. His grades were average and everything about him was average. He was a senior now, and out of two-hundred and ten kids in the graduating class, he ranked number one-hundred six. Totally average.” P. 46
I was especially impressed with the fact that the author was able to make some of the most grotesque acts and attitudes seem so ordinary and normal. Some of the scenes have the potential to be quite jarring, and raw, but the narrative is constructed in such a way that even the reader takes a minute to realise that the behaviours depicted in the story are extreme and unstable.
“Making sure her Mother’s credit cards were still in her purse, she moved down the street. No one looked her way and no one cared about her.” P. 63
“Maybe she would go home first and make sure Mother was still tied tightly before shopping. You could never be too safe when it came to things like that.” P. 63
Overall, I enjoyed the premise and the story telling but the pace at certain parts felt rushed and almost like an unfinished thought. That won’t stop me from checking out the rest of the series because the idea is so compelling! Without giving too much of the story away, I want to see how much worse the Green River Blend can get and what our wannabe mad scientist can come up with next, or if he even manages to get away. Most importantly, I want to know what the Green River Blend really is. This was not revealed in this book. The reader sees its effects and mostly understands how it works but you’re never actually told what it is.
The book ends on a cliff hanger but let’s be honest, if you’re reading a three book story arch, you kinda need to expect the unfinished story. A lot of people complain about this sort of thing, and I always wonder if they take note of what the title of a book or series actually says. Plus, if you enjoy the first story, that is your motivation to buy the second and third. In all honesty, these books really aren’t expensive so it won’t break the bank to buy all three.
I will definitely be buying them. I must admit that I am still uncertain if the story was meant to be as humorous as it was. There were times when the narrative caught me so off-guard that I would let out a shocked guffaw. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery/thrillers and is looking for a quick, page turner.
My rating: 4/5
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