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Guest Reviewer Ash's Review of Need to Find You by Joseph Souza

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Publication date: March 15, 2016

Publisher: Kindle Press

Language: English

ASIN: B01BFZJV6M

Synopsis: Yasmine 'Yaz' Weeks would prefer to forget her troubled past and the vile crimes committed against her, but when she discovers a hidden memoir in a kidnapped girl's cell phone, Yaz finds herself on the run with an opportunity for retribution. She soon learns that the memoir has the potential to ruin both the reputation of its late great author, Robert Cornish, as well as the reputations of many influential people.

Whip Billings, an ex-cop, unwittingly becomes entangled in the mystery of the missing phone. Realizing that this newfound memoir could significantly hurt the sales of Cornish's classic novel, Force of Will, he begins to search for Yaz. But why are the cops, and a mysterious drug kingpin known only as The Viking, also looking for her?In his quest to find Yaz, Whip uncovers a vast network of political corruption, long hidden family secrets, and a series of reprehensible crimes. As the bodies in town begin to pile up, Whip knows that he must track down Yaz before she also turns up dead.

ASH'S RATING: 5/5

ASH'S REVIEW: "Need to Find You" centres on the disappearance of Graduate student Mikiela who was last seen being chased by thugs trying to take her phone. On this phone Mikiela has photographed pages of a memoir by Robert Cornish.  Now the phone is in Yaz’s possession and she will do anything to keep it that way.

I won't lie; it took time for me to get into this book.  Initially I found the use of multiple narrators made it harder for me to get to know the characters and I struggled with the narrative's complexity.  Souza makes his readers work for the story but I worked and it was definitely worth it!

Once I got into this book, I couldn't get it out of my head. I wanted to finish it because I wanted to know what happened to Mikayla however I also wanted the story to keep going in order to stay with Whip and Yaz to find out where life leads them.

Souza's gift is his ability to write people. I was not surprised to see on his biography that he has worked in many people centred roles as he writes his characters so well. Whilst the story is on the one hand a classic good versus evil story with Whip and Yaz fighting for their lives against the Viking, his henchman Kell and the crooked assistant chief of police Haskins, Souza's characters are never straightforward. The heroes of the book are flawed and the antiheroes have vulnerabilities that enable you, perhaps not to empathise, but to glimpse the humanity within them.

As I stated previously the narrative is complex and this is to Souza’s credit. The history and literary critique of Robert Cornish is so well done that at times I had to remind myself that he was a fictional author.  With a complex narrative, the use of multiple narrators felt necessary in order for the reader to keep up with the pace of action, it also allowed for an insight into the motivations of each character and again contributed to the depth and detail of “Need to Find You”.

There are many excellent aspects to this book, but solely on his ability to paint the murky greys of humanity Souza earned five stars from me.

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