Thursday, 28 March 2013

Out of Sight Out of Mind by Evonne Wareham

Received for review
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Choc Lit (7 Mar 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1906931755
ISBN-13: 978-1906931759

Madison Albi is a scientist with a very special talent – for reading minds. When she stumbles across a homeless man with whom she feels an inexplicable connection, she can’t resist the dangerous impulse to use her skills to help him.

J is a non-person – a vagrant who can’t even remember his own name. He’s got no hope, until he meets Madison. Is she the one woman who can restore his past?

Madison agrees to help J recover his memory, but as she delves deeper into his mind, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are better off staying hidden.

Is J really the man Madison believes him to be?

Evonne describes J, the hero, in terms of chocolate:
J would be the last perfect liqueur in the battered box at the back of the fridge. The contents is a mystery, but on biting into it there is a breathtaking rush of fire, spirit and power.

Cover: Not the sort of cover that really jumps out at me.

The premise of this book really intrigued me and drew me in- the idea off mind reading combined with someone that has amnesia and finding out who or what they really are was definitely something that hooked me into picking this one up.
However, after Madison and Jay's initial meeting, I found myself getting bored for the first hundred pages or so.
The mystery of Jay's identity and why someone would tamper with his mind was definitely interesting, but I didn't 100% buy into the romance between them.  I just didn't feel any chemistry.
The plot twists, revelations and betrayals were really well done- definitely didn't see them coming.
Over all I really enjoyed it.  It was something a little different as I hadn't read anything like it before.  The mystery elements were the better part of the book, with the romance falling a little flat for me, and the 'experiment' element dragging out.
Definitely recommend contemporary fans looking for something new.
3.5/5 stars.

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