Click here to read reviewer Michael Leonard's take on Adrift on St. John (Mystery in the Islands).
Adrift in print, too
This is the first in a new series
from this author set in the Virgin Islands. This looked to be an excellent setting for a mystery with the local color, people, beautiful scenery and island life all able to add to the story. Unfortunately, the story never got going for me. The “Adrift” in the title
is rather apt--the whole story feels that way.
The author’s style doesn’t suit me, unfortunately, and that colored my enjoyment of the story. She jumps around different time periods and characters without any real warning, so I was sometimes confused as to what was going on. I also felt absolutely no liking for any of the characters, including the main ‘heroine,’ Pen Hoffstra, which means
that I wasn’t really engaged in their lives.
Some of the descriptions of the Virgin Islands are good, and Hale includes some interesting history, but overall this
isn’t the sort of book that I enjoy reading, and I found it frustrating.