This is a book where you aren't sure where it is going, but you can't put it down! I ended up finishing it in 2 sittings, ONLY because I was too tired to do it in one! Like the weather, the plot twists and turns, providing new drama for the characters to overcome and to show their true selves and faith. It was a very interesting device- having been through Hurricane Katrina and no power for 21 days, and no media for 5 days, I could relate to how the characters have no idea of what is happening in the 'outside' world and how banding together is their best bet of survival. There are times when I think God sends natural disasters to test just that- our faith in him, each other and to strengthen those bonds. Another winner from Erin, you'll want to read this one as soon as you can, as I'm sure movie rights will not be far behind!
Erin Healy in her new book "Afloat" published by Thomas Nelson gives us a wonderful thriller.
From the back cover: Dark waters are rising. Who will stay afloat?
Architect Vance Nolan has crafted a marvel--shining apartments floating in the peaceful cove of a winding river. The project is partially occupied and about to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way.
Torrential rains quickly flood the cove, leaving a handful of builders, investors, and residents cut off from the rest of the world.
The motley group is bitterly divided over how to survive.
Vance insists they wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single-mom Danielle Clement, obligated to each man and desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, isn't sure which one is wiser.
Power failure, an unnatural daytime darkness, explosions, and a murder expose hidden intentions and dark histories. Then Simeon spots something strange underwater--beautiful, shifting lights in the dark depths.
In this watery world, everyone's secrets will eventually come to light. And deliverance may mean more than just getting out alive.
The Seventies were a time of great disaster movies. We had burning skyscrapers, upside down cruise ships, earthquakes and even airplanes underwater. The common thread was there were a handful of survivors that were fighting for their lives. Erin Healy has given us a very creative 21st Century disaster. The Dictionary defines "Cove" as, "a small sheltered inlet or bay". For something that is supposed to be sheltered the inappropriately named, "Eagle's Talon" floating homes is the scene of the disaster. First there was the saboteur, then came the flood and now the survivors are cut off from land with no means of communication. Who will survive? "Afloat" is most definitely a thriller and, I would say, Ms. Healy's best work to date. Be prepared to have your nerves stretched to the breaking point as you read this book. "Afloat" is a really enjoyable read that makes you root for the wonderful characters.
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The plot is a familiar one. A disaster happens and a group of people is cut off from the rest of society. Their true character is revealed, often including revelations of personal history.
In an attempt to make this well used plot work, Healy adds a complex setting. Housing units are being built over water in the cove of a river. The project had been abandoned when our hero, Vance, saw them and planned their use as housing for the homeless. Unable to find funding, he turned to a somewhat sleazy investor and now the units will be luxury apartments. As the novel opens, one of the twelve proposed structures is completed and occupied.
A planted bomb causes construction mayhem and a natural disaster, which just happens to occur at the same time, cuts the construction project off from the rest of the world.
There are a number of problems with this novel. The setting is very complex with unusual construction and housing . I just could not visualize the scene. The construction seemed so complicated and costly, that Vance would contemplate its use for homeless people seemed unrealistic. And then there is the natural disaster that happens at the same time as the construction disaster. I felt that was too contrived. Healy added a supernatural element to the story but it seemed an odd part of the story, not flowing with the gist of the plot. She added the back story of Vance and his brother which only served to provide an improbable rescue at the end. I did not feel attached to any of the characters. None of them were people I felt I could really admire. Vance came the closest, as a Christian genuinely trying to live his faith. But the budding romance between Vance and Danielle, yet with an existing relationship between Danielle and Tony, well, for me that just did not work. Rather than merely trying to save Danielle and her son, with those romantic inclinations Vance made me almost not like him.
I have read a number of Healy's books. I really liked The Baker's Wife. Unfortunately, this novel is not one of her best. If you have never read Healy before, don't start with this one.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
The one thing I love most about reading books is their uncanny ability to transport us to a place we'd never imagined we would go or experience things we would never want to but still like to be an outsider looking in. Erin Healy is a master at both of these events. In her latest suspense novel, Afloat, we meet Vance Nolan who has developed a revolutionary idea of building homes that can float inside a sheltered cover, providing the experience of an water-view home in a vastly different perspective. Originally Vance created these modular, green-friendly homes to provide alternative housing for the homeless in the small town called Eagle's Talon, so defined from the unique riverfront shape of land that houses what will be 96 modular units, in 12 buoyant buildings.
The one thing lacking in all of this master build planning is the financial component and soon that appears to be solved with the backing of Tony Dean, a wealthy developer who sees these units as something larger than providing them for the homeless. He convinces Vance to build them with a higher end clientele in mind and spears heads the sales with the help of an attractive single mom, Danielle Clement and her son Simeon. Yet when a freak and unexpected storms rocks the small cove, along with a series of unexplained accidents, it seems that there is more going on that just what lies beneath the pristine waters. Darkness soon falls to those that find themselves trapped with no apparent way out.
I received Afloat by Erin Healy compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensations for a favorable review. This is now my third book from Erin and once again she manages to captivate me right from the beginning. I was turning pages and trying to follow along while making my own guesses on what exactly was going on. There is a supernatural twist to this one that really makes you wonder about the people who come into our lives in unexpected ways and the ending is one that has you completely on the edge of your seat. I'd rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and know that I will most certainly add Erin Healy to my Must Watch List.
Afloat isn't the genre that I would typically choose, but the description and trailer intrigued me. While I was thinking about what I would write about Afloat, I was telling my husband about it and compared it to some of Frank Peretti's books.
Eagle's Talon is a new housing development that is built directly on the water. Although many of the buildings aren't finished, Building 12 is and has residents living in four of its eight units. Without warning a beautiful day is fractured with death and destruction when a crane suddenly collapses; leaving the people within the cove of Eagle's Talon trying to figure out what happened to cause the crane to collapse. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Is anyone safe?
Vance Nolan is the architect who dreamed up and designed Eagle's Talon. His plan was for it to become housing for low income people, but when he couldn't secure the funding needed for the project an acquaintance suggested he talk to Tony Dean. As a final try to bring his dream to fruition he successfully proposed his idea to the developer.
Tony Dean is a man not to be trifled with. His money commands respect, but the man must have control over everything within his reach. No matter the cost to him or others. When the crane collapses he wants to assign blame, without an investigation, and orders Vance to do the dirty work. Vance wants to learn the truth and to keep everyone safe. The construction workers were sent home, but not everyone made it across the isthmus before the heavy rains and flooding cut Eagle's Talon off from the land.
Danielle Clement, a widow and single mother lives in Building 12 with her 5 year-old son. She was hired by Tony Dean to show and sell units to perspective buyers. When the crane hits their balcony and Danielle, and her son, Simeon, fall into the water, Simeon notices some strange lights. What are they?
Zeke Hammond is a blind man with a message for Vance. He and his dog Ziggy join the group and try to help in any way possible. As darkness falls and the power fails, will people listen to Vance and his message that all who stay will be safe, or will they follow Tony and his order that everyone would be safer if they leave? Will the truth come to light?
I enjoyed Afloat, and getting to know the characters, some I really liked (Vance, Danielle, and especially Simeon), as well as those that I didn't (Tony). As the action began the pages kept turning and kept me on my toes, guessing what would happen next. Who, if anyone was to blame for the crane accident, and what was the connection between these people?
**Afloat by Erin Healy was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.