My newest book read in the midst of my night shift haze.
By: Dina Silver
I read The Unimaginable this past weekend when I couldn't sleep thanks to my night shift-induced insomnia. Honestly, I kept going back and forth between enjoying it and wondering if I was reading a lifetime movie in book format. I quite enjoy poorly scripted, cheesy lifetime movies so I soldiered on.
The Unimaginable is about a woman named Jess who has lived her entire life in small town Indiana as the youngest of nine children. She was a self proclaimed "mistake" that her mother never wanted and was basically raised by her older sister. Jess always dreamed of escaping her small town life, so after being laid off from her teaching job and her mother dies, she decides to move to Thailand to take a job teaching English. I've never been to Thailand, but I thought the author did a good job at describing Jess' surroundings, new living quarters, and school she was teaching at. Time goes on, we read about how much Jess loves her students and her new adventure. The teaching job doesn't pay well and she ends up needing more money. She starts working at a local Thai bar (sketch), where she meets a handsome, slightly older man (potential double sketch). The man is a rich American who has sailed all over the world and stopped in Thailand for the month with his friend to plan the next part of their trip. As Jess begins to get to know Grant (older dude), she becomes more interested in sailing, and a lot more interested in him. She even goes on a weekend trip with this guy after only knowing him a couple of weeks. I'm not going to lie, for about 80 pages I was wondering when the "sold into sex slavery" plot was going to kick in. The author had Jess making some dumb female decisions which made the book slightly hard to relate to and a tad unbelievable. I get that the guy is hot chicky, but are you trying to end up on an episode of 20/20?
The climax of the book comes when Jess takes a three week job being a deckhand on Grant's sailboat (random, I know) and they experience a truly dangerous and terrifying event. I thought the author did a really good job at describing the scene, the danger, and the outcome. I felt the characters fear and will to survive. Surprisingly, the most intense part of the book was the most believable and most intriguing part to read.
My very intelligent and long thought out rating for this book would be: good (beginning), meh (middle), great (end). It was all-in-all a decent book, easy read, and an OK love story (Jess was a bit neurotic at times...lock it up sister). For now, I will file The Unimaginable away as finished and get started on my next book.
Until next time,