by Simon Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
No Show (Thomas & Mercer 2013) is Simon Wood’s sixteenth (or so) thriller. This is the third I’ve read (including Paying the Piper and Terminated) and they’re all fast-paced with appealing characters and clever plot lines. His voice is always friendly. You feel comfortable with his characters. They seem real, like you could have a drink with them or trust them with one of your problems. This is no exception.
No Show is the story of Terry Sheffield’s nightmare. He’s a Brit who weds an American after barely knowing her, moves to the US to start their life as a couple only to have her stand him up at the airport. The story deals with his efforts to maneuver through this strange land while searching for the woman he married, along the way wondering if he really ever knew this beautiful, passionate woman.
Who could not be grabbed by the terror of arriving in a foreign nation where people drive on the wrong side of the street, measure in inches rather than the world standard of centimeters, and speak with a quirky toneless accent? Where do you start when you have no idea that the DMV is a rat race (in Britain it’s done online), police are suspicious of guys with green cards and you have no idea who to trust and who to kick to the curb? That’s all in Terry’s first day. It gets worse as the plot races forward.
My only objection is the ending is kind of weak. The ‘why’ is a tad mushy and too shallow for the depth of the story. Don’t get me wrong though–that won’t stop me from buying Wood’s next book. But it is the reason I gave it four stars instead of five. Overall, you won’t confuse this book with what Oprah would define as a life-defining moment, but it will be worth the time you commit and you’ll come out with a few new ideas on what to do if you are ever stranded in a foreign land without friends, a phone, or a car key.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.