Book Review: Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Book Details:

File Size: 500 KB
Print Length: 351 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a priceless artifact from a sunken galleon, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.

About the Author:

Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters’ lives – taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more . . . Read More

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Book Review:

Severed Threads is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller with big storylines and many subplots. If you enjoy contemporary adventures with a little romance thrown in for good measure, Severed Threads could be the next novel to add to your to-read list.

The story begins with the death of Sam Lyons, a veteran salvage diver (think treasure hunter) under questionable circumstances. A routine reconnaissance excursion results in his unforeseen death which leaves lingering questions of fault and blame. Was it diver error? Did Sam uncharacteristically make a simple mistake? Or did his partner, Chase Cohen, fail to properly inspect their equipment before their dive?

Flashing forward several years, we meet his daughter Rachel Lyon and former dive buddy, Chase Cohen, who are still grappling with Sam’s loss and feelings of guilt associated with his seemingly inexplicable accidental death. Essentially, neither can accept that Sam died while doing something he dearly loved and was clearly one of the best in his field. They know something’s fishy regarding the circumstances around his death, but they have no evidence to come to any type of conclusion and resolve their grief.

Rachel and Chase were once an item, but Sam’s death changed all that and their love literally became shipwrecked. They both bore the shame of blaming themselves and perhaps Rachel also felt Chase partially responsible as well. The questions surrounding Sam’s death is the ultimate wedge between them.

Rachel copes by taking a desk job working for a foundation which funds the very types of explorations her father was known for and then acts as curator for the discovered artifacts. She finds herself thrown back into the family business when her ne’er-do-well brother, Devon, is taken hostage and held for ransom by an odd group of gangsters. She must help find and then steal an ancient artifact as payment for her brother’s release.

There’s a lot going on in Severed Threads—almost too much with murders, gangsters, pirates, treasure hunting, an ancient Chinese curse, and even a paranormal connection between our protagonists and a deep sea ghost who lurks around the buried treasure of a sunken Chinese ship. On the other hand, you won’t be bored because this story moves at light speed, and that is no easy feat given the many story lines the author had to juggle.

To McFarren’s credit, she manages to bring it all together in the end. The author is a great writer and storyteller. Her passion rings through, but when there’s so many characters to contend with, character development gets spread a little thin. The author does go a little overboard (pun intended). At times it was hard to keep track of everyone, but don’t let this distract you from the flow of the story which is fast and adventurous.

If you keep your focus on Rachel and Chase’s story, you’ll find that Severed Threads offers a satisfying conclusion and that all secondary storylines are eventually resolved. McFarren also includes a setup for what appears to be the next installment in the exploits of Chase Cohen and Rachel Lyons and their treasure hunting excursions.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.


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