A car with self healing abilities, love and travel all found in "The Red Car."
On a lark, Leah, while attending a prestigious private college tells the class nerd that she would relieve his virginity problem for one hundred dollars. Class dork immediately runs to an ATM, coughs up the money and the two have a quick session which Leah unexpectedly finds herself enjoying. Unfortunately, he later decides that their little tryst violated the honor code at this apparently strict institution. He turns the two of them in to the administration. Before action can be taken Leah packs up and sneaks out of college in the middle of the night, then transfers to a large public university.
Leah receives a call that Judy, her former boss and mentor and possibly her lover, though Leah is clearly heterosexual, in San Francisco, has died in an automobile accident. As we work through the back story it seems that Judy had taken Leah under her wing. The two of them had enjoyed long lunches together, lots of alcohol, and Judy was never hesitant to offer Leah advice, on marriage and career. She was the one who insisted Leah could write and should leave to pursue her true calling. During her time working for Judy, Judy purchased a red sports car—make and model unknown—which Judy claimed she had always wanted. Leah felt a horrible premonition about the sports car and was afraid to ride in it. Eventually Leah takes Judy’s advice and leaves San Francisco to pursue a masters degree in creative writing with Jody’s blessing.
The caller from San Francisco tells Leah that Judy left her some money and the car. The funeral was to be the next day and the company Leah worked for has already paid for a first-class plane ticket. When Leah tells Hans she has to leave, the over-dependent Hans nearly chokes her to death, but she escapes to the airport. On arrival in San Francisco, Leah has two sexual contacts the very first day and the story is off and running.
The book lost me when Leah visits the auto repair shop where her new car has been smashed in the deadly accident. She is told that it will take some time to fix, but it won’t cost her anything to repair because its covered by insurance. Then miraculously the next day the car fixes itself.
I guess this is symbolic of Leah’s renewal in her return to San Francisco, which she loves. After all the book is not intended as a mystery or a thriller, but still I lost interest at that point. Give me a vision – even a ghost – but not a car that fixes itself.
Leah’s adventures continue in California and the reader hopes that she does not go back to her jerk of a husband, although Dermansky leaves Leah’s future in the air as the book concludes. The constant “conversations” with the dead Judy, start out charming, get tiring, but without them this would only be a long short story. Her sentences are choppy, short, and mimic Leah’s scattered thoughts. Again, cute at first, then a drag. Save your money unless you are really into the psychologically strange.
Steve E Clark is a New York Times Best Selling Author of Justice Is for the Lonely and Justice Is for the Deserving. Kristen Kerry Novels Of Suspense. You can purchase his books via his site at www.SteveClarkAuthor.com/BuyBook or request it at your local book store. Want to know more about Steve Clark or read more reviews? Check him out www.SteveClarkAuthor.com
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