Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Land Mammals and Sea CreaturesLand Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale
Published by ECW Press on May 8th 2018
Pages: 300
ISBN: 1770414142
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three-stars

Julie Bird has returned to her hometown and things become interesting. Initially it is the day of boating which ends with a whale breaching itself and dying on the beach. As the whale decays, things in her life take interesting turns. Her father, Marty, is a Gulf War Veteran who is dealing with PTSD. His ptsd consumes him. He is depressed and going about his life. He tells Julie about his past in small parts giving her a glimpse into him. As this is occurring a new person has arrived in town. A blast from her father’s past. A young woman named Jamie lee Lewis. She is a musical impersonator and tells Julie she has come to town to help Julie’s father die. UMMM What!?! Thinks Julie. Jamie mentions that Marty did not recognize her when he gave her a job singing in his restaurant/bar, The Halibut. Marty should remember her, she has ties to his trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. hmmmm

That is not all…more animals are turning up dead…Suicide. Marty has attempted suicide in the past and it is on his mind now. How will Julie live without her father?

“Self destruction can be a lot of things. Sad. Devastating. Quiet. Glorious. Sweet relief. Comfort.”

This book deals with issues such as has love, ptsd, secrets, and grief. This is not a light book. It is also not a fast read and one that took some time to finish. In all honesty, it is barely a 3 for me. The story is depressing, which is normally not a reason for me to not like it, but I failed to connect with any character and at the end of the day, thought of other thins I would have rather been doing. This book is slow and there are so many animal suicides in it that it loses some of it’s message with overkill – no pun intended.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from ECW press and NetGalley. My thanks to them.

three-stars