Red Rock by Kimberly Patterson (Kindle Edition) – Read May 10, 2012
Cost: $2.99 (As of This Post)
Red Rock follows the journey of the Hunter family, and their daughter Rachel, a teenager struggling to take care of her ill mother. Her illness forces the family to sell everything and move to a new town where they can get help for her. Along the way, they stumble into fortune and decide to keep it a secret. But with every secret, comes a consequence and Rachel will soon find out that not everything or everyone is what they seem. Upon arrival in the new town, she meets several people who befriend her and the plan seems to be working, until one night when someone throws a rock through their window threatening to take back what is theirs. Lies, deceit and betrayal plague Rachel and the entire family as they struggle to keep their secret and find out who is behind the devious plan.
I am going to tell you the truth, I didn’t want to read this book. I thought it sounded interesting and someone told me that I need to read it, but the cover just kind of repelled me. I’m glad I decided to go ahead and read it anyway. It’s not perfect, but it’s very entertaining.
What I didn’t love was that there were errors in editing or typos (in the Kindle Edition), they were minor so they weren’t overly distracting. The other thing was the predictability of everything, I knew how this was going to end fairly early on, the plot twists weren’t surprising, I just felt that it was about time we got there.
I did like the writing style, it’s very easy to read, it flows really well. The characters were well-developed, we didn’t seem to focus on things that weren’t important to the story which is nice. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story set in the old west, but this didn’t feel like the Clint Eastwood kind of old west. It was dangerous, but toned down for the young adult, girly, audience. I think this is worth the read, it reads so quickly and the story is enjoyable. It has romance, a little action, and a little mystery. Don’t be apprehensive like I was, go ahead and give it a try!