Review – Unsound – Toby Neal

14 Dec

Author: Toby Neal

Review Copy Provided by Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book on Goodreads

Only a volcano can cure some things.

Dr. Caprice Wilson, police psychologist, has spent her life unraveling the mysteries of the human mind—only to find herself in a deep crisis. Caprice prescribes herself a walkabout and goes hiking on Maui—but the solitary retreat she has in mind does not go as planned. Caprice faces an enemy she never knew she had and wrestles with questions of hope, identity, loss, and the nature of psychopathy in a cat-and-mouse game with survival at stake.

From the description, this book should have been right up my alley – the police psychologist as a main character caught my eye as did the comparison of a suspenseful story. Unfortunately, it just didn’t quite work for me. While I could tell that the author knew her stuff when it came to the psychological aspects, I just really didn’t like Caprice. I guess that I would have hoped, her being a mental health professional, that she could identify when she had issues (I know that might be too much to hope for but since she diagnoses people with issues, a girl can hope she could realize/admit her own).

But on top of that, the whole mystery/suspense angle just fizzled out for me. While I didn’t see the whole reveal of the evil person was coming, when it was revealed, I was just underwhelmed. I just didn’t really feel like they were well-developed as a character and then the whole suspense part was summed up relatively quickly…the tension building just wasn’t there. Ultimately, I think I’d probably only give Unsound 2 stars, because it just didn’t work for me, but maybe it will for other readers.

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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Book Review


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