ride away home book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Jack Turner, a tax attorney, is convinced that his daughter’s killer was her ex-boyfriend and sets out to find and confront him. He travels from Edina, Minnesota to Key West, Florida to afford himself the opportunity to do just that.

I made the mistake of reading the synopsis on the back of the book before actually reading the book. Bad, bad idea. Whoever wrote the synopsis was apparently not reading the same book I was. While I was promised action, adventure and liberating events, I was given the unbelievable, slow, boring and completely predictable yet absurd.

Jack buys a Harley Davidson off of the showroom floor because he likes the color and sets off on his first leg of the journey–never having ridden a motorcycle before. (Say what? Never going to happen.) After crashing the Harley (saw that one coming) he picks up a hitchhiking female who just happened to be left behind by her biker boyfriend. Whey they stop at a rest area for bathroom breaks, Jack decides that they need to take turns rather than leave the Harley unattended. (keys??) Jack takes the first break and leaves the woman alone with the bike (and the keys) and she steals it. (never saw that one coming….seriously?)

Luckily for Jack there just so happens to be a group of bikers at the rest area and they tell him to hop on; they will take him to his destination. (Again, really? We’ll take you where you were going? Strangers don’t act that way with other strangers and not many men would welcome another man onto the back of his bike) Jack gets to know these men pretty well and the story actually begins to show some potential until they part ways and we are back to the unbelievable predictability of the book.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Ride Away Home needs to be overhauled completely. There is great potential for the story but I believe that it should have been much better thought out and executed. It is difficult to enjoy reading a novel that is completely predictable and unbelievable at the same time. On the plus side, it was a very short book and I was able to finish it quite quickly.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by The Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.