Nothing To See Here
Review: David L. Post's debut novel, Nothing To See Here, is a well-written though formulaic psychological thriller that promises far more than it delivers.
Nothing To See Here opens with Cassie, the wife of Boston psychiatrist Alan Sarnower, systematically destroying their bedroom as she prepares to leave. To where and for how long he doesn't know. Nor does he seem to care. He has a thriving practice, a large home in the suburbs, a young son he adores, and a close friend he can confide in and count on. Maybe life without her would be better. But when she suddenly returns and files for divorce, he starts to see his world being taken away from him. His anxiety about potentially losing his son and his home and the staggering fees he's paying his lawyer to represent him begin to affect his reasoning, so much so that he'll do anything to ensure that his wife doesn't take everything he values away from him.
Nothing To See Here fails to generate any real suspense primarily because it is told from the point of view of Alan Sarnower. Every action he takes is telegraphed well in advance, and therefore nothing he does surprises the reader. He loses control of his marriage, his relationship with his son, and his professional practice, but there is never any sense that he is out of control, and certainly nothing to suggest that he is mentally unbalanced. Of course that's the crux of the problem: since the story is told from his perspective, he's not going to think anything is wrong with him. He's the only sane person in a world gone mad. It isn't until the last few pages that he's threatened in any way, uncertainty clouding his future. This provides a welcome element of surprise for the reader, but with only a few paragraphs until the end, it's too little, far too late.
Post is a talented writer but the lack of originality in his plot and the manner in which he chose to relate it make Nothing To See Here rather prosaic and dull.
Acknowledgment: Maryglenn McCombs Book Publicity provided a copy of Nothing To See Here for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Nothing To See Here: Boston, Massachusetts
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Nothing To See Here by David L. Post
Publisher: Beckham Publications
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: August 2007
List Price: $14.95
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