Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Review} Time Donors Wanted by Russell Scott

ISBN #: 978-0615556901
Page Count: 231
Copyright: September 5, 2011
Publisher: IsoLibris Publishing

Book Overview:
(Taken from back cover)

If you could have a one time affair with someone you've never seen before and would never see again and there was no way that anyone could ever find out ... would you?

Want to see what can happen if you answer yes?

Then read Time Donors Wanted.

Mandy's Review:

Jarvis Sloan is a psychiatrist who is the brainchild behind the online self-help website, LifeSolutions Seminars. He created the site to reach more troubled individuals. His thought was that most people would feel comfortable seeking help from the comfort of their own home rather than sit face-to-face with a shrink. His colleagues, though, laughed him out of the room when he tried to present this idea to them.

Seeking solace from the alcohol provided by the hotel's bar, he finds two of his friends there and they begin discussing relationships. One of his friends, Tanya, suggests creating a way for unhappy partners to secretly have clandestine meetings for an afternoon under assumed names and then return home to their lives. Tanya recommends Jarvis hire Brooke to set up the secure server and program.

All the people have to do is enter the LifeSolutions Seminars website, pay a fee to be able to access any seminar they choose, and then click on the TimeDonors link. Brooke set up the TimeDonors site to permanently delete any user names and passwords created after a 72-hour window. This ensures the people's privacy when chatting about their future rendezvous.

At first, I thought this book would just be about one secret meeting after another. I began to wonder if the story was going anywhere or if I would just be reading about people's sex lives. It wasn't too long after I began wondering this that the book took a turn and became a whole lot more interesting.

Any time you decide to meet someone off of the internet, you're going to run the risk of encountering a crazy person. This time, though, the crazy person was someone one of the main characters knew. She just didn't realize how well she knew that individual.

Time Donors Wanted starts off a bit slow, but picks up speed fairly quickly. Once it kicks in, it takes you on a ride full of twists and turns that'll leave you slightly disoriented. My only issue with the book is that I missed part of the story ... literally. Pages 151 and 152 WERE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! Then page 153 starts in the middle of a sentence that doesn't go with the two pages before it! If there was an editor, they should've caught this mistake. Other than that, though, this book uniquely tells an engaging murder/mystery that I would recommend to all you mystery-lovers out there.

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