Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pattaya Beach by John Elray

Title:  Pattaya Beach
Author:  John Elray
Publication Date:  April 5/10
Length:  225pgs
Genre:  contemporary fiction
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★
Book Links:  GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo

Back Cover Blurb:

Fah, a twenty-two year-old farm girl from Thailand's rural northeast has moved to Pattaya City to do the one thing that has any hope of bringing her decent money – work in the sex trade. Her goal: land a well to do foreigner who can deliver her and her family from a subsistence life. Ed, a recent arrival from America, looks like he might just be the one. What Fah doesn’t know, however, is that Ed is a deeply disturbed man who has traveled to Thailand to kill his nemesis, Bill (Fah's employer), in retaliation for an imagined betrayal. What Ed doesn't know is that he's about to fall in love – and that's when all the trouble begins.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler to the Land of Smiles or a neophyte, you'll be totally absorbed in John Elray's latest novel, Pattaya Beach. Based on a true story, Pattaya Beach exposes the grit beneath the veneer of the fun capital of the world, and delves into the psyches of its cast of inimitable characters in this compelling novel that you won't want to put down. The author guides you along the broad arc of Fah and Ed's engaging odyssey to convey invaluable insight into the people, passions and perils of Thailand – a land of pleasure unmatched anywhere else on earth.

My Review:

This novel by John Elray was fast paced and intriguing. It was a quick read that was well edited. The premise was original and had lots of twists and turns. There were a few times that I found the plot got a little convoluted as many questions came to a head all at once.

My biggest issue with this novel was that I didn’t find the characters overly engaging. They were quite well developed, but I couldn’t connect with them. At the same time, I found I had a lot of questions about them. It was an intriguing method of character development.

This was a fast paced, original novel that took me for quite the ride. I enjoyed it for the most part.

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