Title: Along Came the Rain
Author Name & Publisher: Alison R. Solomon (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 — 266 Pages
Wynn Larimer would be the first to admit she has a bad memory and that lately it’s been getting worse. But that doesn’t explain how she has ended up in jail, accused of kidnapping two teenage foster kids. Now she’s in the fight of her life to clear her name. Her burning question: who has framed her and why?
Wynn’s partner, Barker, is hanging by an emotional thread. Not only are the missing girls her social work clients, but to make matters worse, her beloved Wynn seems to be losing her mind. How can she ensure the girls are brought to safety while dealing with a partner who is increasingly scattered?
Wynn and Barker must race to uncover the truth before Wynn is charged with a serious crime that could imprison her for years. But what will happen to their relationship when both discover things about each other that will change their lives forever?
I’m not even sure where to go first. I’ll start with the format. I’ve only recently started liking first person povs. I think it’s more difficult for me to get into a book where ‘I’ am the character and not just following along beside the character. I know that is a personal preference. There are many people who absolutely love first person. My problem in this book is the head jumping. I believe there are a total of three characters whose point of view is written from, and the pov changes each chapter. In my opinion, and again with the caveat that it’s my own preference, I believe that any book written from more than one pov should change to a third person narrator. Next on my format list is the timeline. I didn’t like the way the author changed ‘when’ she was writing about. For example, the first chapter happened a week or two after two foster girls went missing. The next chapter happens two days after the girls disappear, the next chapter, the day they go missing, and the fourth chapter happens a couple of months before. This makes me feel like I have to actually write down what happens when, just to keep things straight. I just don’t like that type of bouncing around, although I understand why it’s used here. The first chapter has a lot of impact, and then there’s a back up to explain what led up to that. Still, not a fan of that much jumping.
My next problem with the book has to do with content. This part is ALL about content so it’s all my personal opinion about how what I read made me feel. I’ll try to get through this part without too many spoilers. First, reading about dementia or Alzheimer’s is difficult. It’s a subject that I have fears surrounding it, because I’m afraid it could happen to me. So it isn’t something I would choose to read about. However, it IS important to the plot, and once I got past some of the initial scenes concerning this it became a bit more bearable. Next is what happens to the girls after they’ve disappeared. The only way I can say anything about this without a spoiler is that it was shocking to read with no prior preparation, and I didn’t particularly care for it. And finally is the part about who was behind it all and how it was resolved. All I can say about this part is it’s cray-cray. The whole book seems like a ride on the seedy, crazy part of town.
So I didn’t like the book. However, I will praise two things. I liked the technical expertise of Solomon’s writing – by which I mean her writing is technically great. Her sentence structure, vocabulary, and grammar are all above average. And the book itself is well plotted and well written. Her style is very easy to read. So this book didn’t do it for me, but I would take a look at others she’s written to see if I’m interested.
Alison grew up in England and lived in Israel and Mexico before settling in the USA. Despite being the proud holder of three passports, she is not on any national or international Wanted list.
Alison’s short stories have been published in the USA and Mexico. As a former clinical social worker, she has presented at conferences worldwide and been published in academic textbooks, anthologies, professional journals, and newspapers on feminism, diversity and mental health.
When she’s not writing, Alison can be found chasing dolphins, messing up her knees because she insists on playing tennis, or planning a road trip with her wife Carol, and their two rescue dogs.
Along Came the Rain is Alison’s debut novel.