"Betrayal makes us do strange things."
When Greg Lockland returns to California for his parents' funeral, he discovers letters that suggest an affair between his ex-lover Lian and Greg's late father. Suspicion, anger, and jealousy take Greg on a transpacific journey to find the truth. One by one, people from the past return to his life, including elusive and perfect Lian. Uncovering deep-rooted deceptions creates more twists and turns to the past than an old Chinese alleyway.
The Pacific Between evinces the power of unconditional love and deals with personal subjects such as death, estrangement, and betrayal. It is a man's journey to discover himself and the world around him. Told with wit and humor, this nostalgic tale speaks true to the heart about relationships, families, and sacrifices.
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Slow Contemporary Fiction
- Adriana B
The Pacific Between
This is one of those stories you either really like or really don't. For me it was the latter. It just wasn't a story or characters that I could connect with. It's one of those stories that unfolds very slowly and it took quite a while for me to really become interested in the story. It just wasn't holding my attention. I found my mind wandering on numerous occasions. The story does become a bit more interesting as it unfolds and the secrets start to be revealed, but this is well into the story.
The story deals with the perception & memories of our relationships vs. the reality. What we believe vs. the truth. Our past regrets vs. the present.
There are some secrets that are not meant to ever be discovered. After the death of his parents Greg finds a letter from his first love Lian. He misunderstands the real significance of the letter he finds. This misunderstanding is what starts him on his journey in search of answers. The journey he takes and the secrets revealed will change his life in more ways than one.
The characters were just there. I didn't care for Greg, Kate or Lian. I didn't like Greg's parents either. Helen was the only really likable character.
Lian with the help of Gregs parents willingly and knowingly deceive him. No matter what the reasons it wasn't fair to Greg. That's unforgivable especially in this scenario. He deserved to know the truth. If his parents had still been alive he never would have known the truth.
Brian Callanan did a good job with the narration. Nice voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. His narration is what kept me listening to the story especially in the beginning. Good character voices and accents. He was able to bring the characters to life through his narration.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.