Author: Peter Abrahams
Genre: Teen Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061227691
Publisher Book on CD: Recorded Books
ISBN-13 Book on CD: 9781440753817
Source: I checked out a copy from my local library. This is my honest review!
Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
When his home town of East Canton cuts funding to the school and Wyatt’s high school stops offering baseball and all other extra curriculars, Wyatt sets off for Silver City with the hopes of being able to play ball again. While there he meets an intriguing girl, Greer, who has met his father in the prison nearby. After talking to Greer Wyatt begins to believe that his father wasn’t guilty of the crimes he was imprisoned for, and begins to investigate. What he finds will change his life forever.
Poor reviews are rare for me. This is because I rarely finish a book I don’t like. When I realize that I am not going to like a book, I will put it down, and usually don’t get back to it. When that happens the book doesn’t get reviewed because I believe that I have to finish a book in order to accurately review it. On occasion though, there are those books that I have made a commitment to read. Books that I must finish regardless of how I feel about them. This was one of those books.
I don’t know exactly what it was about this book that made me first suspect that it wasn’t for me. Perhaps it was the characters, not their development of course, but the fact that I was frustrated by their actions and eventually I lost the ability to care what happened to them. Greer frustrated me most of all because she was so moody. In the end I was just happy to have finished this one so I could cross it off my list.
I have read other books by Peter Abrahams, and I was looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed the mystery he created in Reality Check and hoped to find something similar in this novel. What I found in Bullet Point was less a mystery and more a tale of self-discovery and self-destruction. Wyatt goes looking for his father to prove that his father was innocent, and ends up finding more out about himself.
Without giving away the story and the mystery it is hard for me to say what I exactly didn’t like, but I will give it a try. I didn’t like that I couldn’t feel anything for the characters in this novel except being frustrated by their actions. I didn’t like the lying in the novel, because it felt like every page was coated with a lie or a half-truth. I didn’t like the pacing of the novel, because I felt like it was dragging on and on. I didn’t like the fact that Greer and Wyatt hop into bed at the drop of the hat, sometimes without resolving issues with their relationship first.
I did listen to this book in audio format. The audiobook is produced by Recorded Books and is narrated by Rich Orlow. Orlow does an excellent job narrating the book and keeping the reader engaged. This is one of those books that I might not have finished if it weren’t for the audio.
Abraham’s is a talented author. As I said before I have read other things by him that I really enjoyed. It isn’t the skill of the writer that I find fault with. This story is well executed, and extremely well written. Perhaps the ultimate fault lies with me as the reader. I can’t accept the characters as they are and I wanted so much more from them.
Overall, this story will appeal to male mystery fans who like their stories a little on the gritty side. Unfortunately, this reviewer is not one to fall into that category. I look forward to seeing what Abraham’s writes next, I hope it is more like Reality Check or even his Echo Falls novels rather than this one.
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