Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review for Layover by David Bell

Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 by Berkley Books

In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody's Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth... 

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…

Oh David Bell, you have an amazing talent with words.    From the very beginning, I was pulled in and couldn’t stop thinking about the book until I read the very last page.   A man, Joshua, meets a woman, Morgan, in an airport.   She has secrets, secrets that I couldn’t even imagine, and is in hiding yet she is drawn to Josh and he can’t help but follow her.   This unravels an entire past that Morgan is running from and Josh is trying to wrap his brain around.   With each conversation, more information is given but even more is not told.   The secrets pile up, the mystery gets deeper, and the story gets better and better. 

I really liked this story.   It starts with an everyday meeting and goes from there.  Josh was an idiot sometimes; he follows a woman he just met across the country while she just wants him to leave her alone.   He blows off his job and puts his life in danger numerous times.  I liked that he stood his ground to his father (his boss), that he didn’t take what Morgan said at face value, and that he asked questions even when he wasn’t sure he wanted to know the answers.  

There were many ways for this story to end, as a matter of fact until the very end I was not sure which direction Josh and Morgan would go.   Some will like the end, some will want a different ending but for me it was perfect.   

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