Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

Title: Henry Franks
Author: Peter Adam Salomon
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 72% or C-
Buy It: Amazon
One year ago, a terrible accident robbed Henry Franks of his mother and his memories. He can’t remember anything: the accident, his mother, his life. The past sixteen years have vanished. All Henry has now are scars and a distant father—the only one who can tell Henry who he is. If only he could trust his father.

Henry tries to piece together his past with help from Justine, his only friend. Could his nightmares—a sweet little girl calling him Daddy, murderous urges, dead bodies—hold clues? While a serial killer stalks their small Georgia town, Henry unearths the bitter truth about his mother—and himself.
My Thoughts::
This book just sounded so odd and different when I read the description that I just had to request it. So many theories about what would happen, or did happen, were going through my head right away before I even started the book. I wanted see what the actual plot and drive of the story would be.

The book wasn't really going anywhere until halfway through, which disappointed me. Henry is getting to know a is it a romance? But he was in an accident and doesn't have his memory of before, so it is a healing journey? But his dad is acting weird, is it an abuse story? But then it is kind of none of those. The plot was kind of all over the place and didn't get me excited or prepared for what was to come. The actual truth of it all came out of nowhere and it would have been so much better if there was some kind of buildup. A lot of the stuff said and done earlier one seemed kind of like useless filler. Then when things are finally happening, it is all rushed out at the end.

Henry was the only character that we see any development in. The others mostly fell flat and just fulfilled their role without contributing much to the story. His father was interesting and played a large part, but that all happened in the past, Henry might as well have read the information in a diary. Justine is even worse. She does give the story a little bit of a push in the right direction though. Actually, my favorite part of the book was the what happens next bit at the end, which takes place several years later. And that little section was just about more interesting and captured my interest more than the entire book.

Overall, I really liked the idea of the story, but it didn't come through for me very well. It was very hectic and didn't grab you into the mystery that it was supposed to be.

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