BOOK REVIEW: Layover by David Bell


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Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: July 02, 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense

Goodreads Average: 3.46  *as of 7/02/19*


Goodreads Blurb:

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work. His life is a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, Joshua meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their flights, Morgan gets up to leave, leans over and passionately kisses Joshua, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As Morgan slips away, Joshua is left feeling confused by what just happened between them. That’s when he looks up and is shocked to see Morgan’s face flashing on a nearby TV screen. He’s even more shocked when he learns the reason why–Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets to discover the truth about why Morgan is on the run. But when he finally thinks every mystery is solved, another rears its head, and Joshua’s worst enemy may be his own assumptions about those around him…

My Thoughts:

Sigh, I really, REALLY wanted to love Layover by David Bellbut unfortunately that was not the case. I still really enjoyed it, but it was nowhere near the love I was hoping to feel for this book.

What it’s about: Joshua Fields has his life down to a routine. He works for his father’s company and spends most of his time in airports, hotels, and different states. But a chance meeting in an airport with a beautiful stranger named Morgan is about to change everything. After they share a kiss in the airport and she leaves telling him they will never see each other again, he finds out that she is a missing person. What follows is Joshua’s journey to find Morgan and figure out what is going on with her. But what he finds out isn’t quite what he was expecting.

I lie a little bit in my summery about Layover only being about Joshua’s quest to find Morgan, because at the same time there is also a detective named Kimberly who is trying to solve a different missing person’s case. The book actually jumps between Joshua and Kimberly’s perspectives the entire time which also made this book a bit of a police procedural.

The biggest issue for me with this book was that I just didn’t think the suspense was there, and the ending really wasn’t a surprise to me. The fact that the ending let me down so much is why I got stuck on a 3.5 for Layover. I kept waiting for a shocking conclusion that just didn’t come. That being said, this book was definitely enjoyable, don’t get me wrong. I read it in 4.5 hours and with it being 399 pages that is really saying something about the pacing.

I also want to point out that a 3/3.5 for me is GOOD, I still really enjoyed this novel and the only reason it didn’t get a higher rating from me is because I wasn’t really surprised at any of the twists. This was my first time reading a book by Bell and I can definitely see what people love about him. His writing was fantastic, and the book was super readable which are both things I loved about Layover.

Song/s the book brought to mind: Follow You Down by Gin Blossoms

Final Thought: I feel like Layover is one of those books that a lot of people are going to love. Maybe I’m just getting jaded by the number of thrillers I’ve read, but for someone that can’t guess the twists on most of the books I read, I just don’t know what it was about this one. However, I am already looking forward to reading more of Bell’s novels and knowing that I like his writing style just makes me that much more excited. And I am definitely still going to be recommending this book to the right readers!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

Thank you to Get Red PR and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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