Phuket, Thailand, seemed to be the perfect getaway choice for twenty-two-year-old Calum Armstrong, regardless of the fact it was supposed to be a romantic holiday and he’s just broken up with his girlfriend he goes anyway.
He makes friends with locals and falls in love with the spirit of the place, so much so that the next year he decides to take his new love there. Only to find his last trip had serious ramifications and this one is going to be the weirdest and most dangerous holiday he could imagine.
Kevin Ansbro’s book is a bit of a love letter to Thailand, a place that it seems clear he adores and finds deeply inspirational. The Thai characters and scenes are beautifully described and very realistic.
The English sections of the book sadly don’t live up to their eastern counterparts, the characters are ok, but the dialogue between them needs to be sharpened up a bit and they all need a little more depth adding. They’re not bad, but I think the author could polish them a little more.
The plot is difficult to describe without giving away spoilers but it has a mystical element to do with regret and redemption that works well, the ending felt a little rushed but not so much that I felt cheated.
Overall this is a good work from an indie author, perfect for a holiday or weekend read when you want to escape but you still want your read to mean something.