Drift by Jon McGoran
Publisher: Forge (July 2013)
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours
Formats Available: Hardcover, Kindle
Format Read: Hardcover
Synopsis from Goodreads: When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a twenty-day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania.
Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small-town roads—dealers his bosses don’t want to hear about.
But when the drug bust Doyle’s been pushing for goes bad and the threats against Nola turn violent, Doyle begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . .
My thoughts: Drift is a cleverly written thriller that delves into a topic with a deeper meaning. McGoran challenges the reader to really think about the state of farming in this country and the role that technology (genetic modification) plays in it. At first the message felt a bit forced. With a story like this, I understand that a certain amount of education is required, bit it seemed less about teaching and more about preaching. As the story progressed, McGoran focused less on the message and let the story flow. Some may view that as a lapsed opportunity to really educate the reader, but I viewed it as a positive. I got to settle into plot of the story and see where he went with it.
McGoran does a fantastic job of building tension in the various story lines to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Combined with the drama of Carrik’s war on drugs in this small country town was a sprinkling of personal relationships. Carrick takes on roles that he isn’t used to. Having returned to this area as the son of his recently deceased parents, he also takes on a bit of a father figure role to a young man who was working for his parents. There is also an element of romance thrown into the mix. Carrick’s relationship with Nola serves to give him personal interest into something that he might not have given much thought to otherwise.
I was drawn to Drift because it was so different from anything that I’ve read as of late. It challenged me to delve into a genre that I haven’t read very often but have discovered that I need to explore a bit more. Looking for something that captures your attention and is most certainly discussion worthy then give Drift a try. The cover and the rural country setting scream Fall to me and would make for a great read as we transition from summer into fall.
I read Drift as part of a blog tour coordinated by TLC Book Tours. Take a look at the other participants and see what their reactions to Drift were.
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