Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers + #Giveaway

Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers
Published by Acorn Publishing on the 25th June 2018.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Rachel's Random Resources

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository
Waterstones (unavailable)
Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for.

Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.

Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper.

With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Jeffrey Black.

The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine. 

Dark Paradise is a fast-paced thriller which hits the ground running pretty much as soon as Boise's plane lands on the Caribbean Island of St Thomas. Desrochers jumps between two storylines - that of Boise trying to discover what went wrong for his childhood friend Roger, and of uncovering the motive for a young woman's kidnapping. Boise teams up with newspaper reporter Dana, but often dumps her when his own investigation seems more fruitful. My idea of noir is more the darkly atmospheric novels of, say, Pascal Garnier or Frederic Dard and I wouldn't put Dark Paradise into the same category at all, however it is certainly an engaging read and I would happily recommend it to readers who like action-packed stories.

I appreciated the glimpses we get of life on St Thomas behind the tourist destination veneer. I wasn't previously aware of the different cultures existing side by side so was interested to learn about this. Desrochers gives a good sense of the island and I liked the inclusion of patous speech which gives a strong sense of authenticity (and is not at all difficult to understand!) I would have liked a better sense of who the characters were because I didn't feel I got to know Boise or Dana particularly well and most of the supporting cast only got a brief look-in. There was too much inexplicable running around for my tastes and I wasn't always sure what was going on or why, however Dark Paradise keep my interest throughout.

Meet the author:

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

Author links: 
Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads

And now it's time for the Giveaways - two of them!

Giveaway 1 - Win a $25 Amazon e-gift Card
Post your photo with your e-book or hard copy of Dark Paradise on social media and share on Gene’s Facebook  Instagram  or Twitter page and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card to be awarded on Monday, September 24th

Giveaway 2 – Win 2 x Paperbacks and 2 x E-copies of Dark Paradise (Open Internationally until the 18th September)

*Terms and Conditions – Worldwide entries welcome.  The two paperbacks are only open to USA entries.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel's Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel's Random Resources will delete the data.  Rachel's Random Resources is not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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  1. I don;t think I have ever read a thriller in the Caribbean! Only Classic Latin American literature, mostly Garcia MArquez. I always can find books that would bring me out of my comfort zone here! That's why I love this blog so much! :)

    1. That's exactly what attracted me to Dark Paradise! It was a bit too thrillery for my tastes, but I loved being able to discover St Thomas

  2. I do love a good thriller. This does sound like a good one.

  3. Hmm, it sounds like a decent read! More plot driven than character driven for sure, and it's a shame about the unnecessary run around. I do love the setting though, because it's in a unique place!

    1. It was too fast paced for me, but a good one for action story fans