Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

The story starts with a dog. The dog has been in a car accident with its owner. Exit dog.

Enter Oliver Desplaines, a 70-year-old successful man– successful as both an entrepreneur and a philanderer. He is now married to his third wife, with a ‘Sweetheart’ on the side. (Will he ever learn?) His third wife is Catherine. Catherine’s mother is in a care facility and an ex-professor; she seems to be quite close in age to Oliver. Mother is disapproving of her daughter’s marriage and many of her personality traits as well.

Catherine’s best friend from high school, Misty, dies in a car crash and leaves Catherine to care for her daughter, also Catherine. They apparently made a pact; however, Catherine does not remember this agreement and on more than one occasion cannot believe that Misty ended up a mother. Catherine also knew nothing of the daughter as they hadn’t been in touch since college.

Also during their teen years, there was the BTK serial killer. He began his spree of killings across the street from Misty’s house and he’s been killing ever since. News information is spattered throughout the book, as his reign runs in parallel to Catherine’s life. Misty’s daughter, nicknamed Cattie, has her own teen drama and runs away from boarding school when she hears the news of her mother’s death (or suicide?).

Nelson’s description of setting and place is truly mesmerizing, but the characters are only sort of likable. There are many characters that come and go throughout the novel. There are some that only appear a time or two and appear to have importance, but are later forgotten; one character simply walks out of the novel, while another one dies to tie up the loose end.

Bound is riddled with many parallel plot lines. Some intersect and others only seem as though they may touch, but never actually do. This creates an element of suspense and in the end a bit of frustration. The anticipation of the story lines possibly intersecting will keep you reading. The novel is a quick read with only moments of depth. There are moments of brilliance hidden in this novel along with some unforgettable, vivid descriptions. For that alone, it could be worth the read, just don’t go in for the plot.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Part-time fiction writer, Alisha Churbe lives in Portland, Oregon. In the rare instances when you can pry her away from books, Alisha can be found travelling in foreign countries, cooking, or hiking with her husband Michael and dog Euro.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bloomsbury USA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.