The latest novel this pedometer geek read was a complimentary copy of one of Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ novels, which the author offered as a consolation prize to a giveaway she was running. Thanks again for this book. Frankly, can’t recall the other book title at the moment, but here is the extended review of the novel, Going for Kona (which was gifted by the author).
Going for Kona
by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Published by SkipJack Publishing, 2014
Going for Kona is a cross-genre story. Billed as a romantic suspense story, it is part mystery, part suspense, and, at its heart, a love story. Briefly, without giving away too many spoilers, co-authors Michele and Adrian Hanson are training for the Kona Ironman triathlon to be held in Hawaii. The day after the book launch at Barnes & Noble of their book, My Pace or Yours? Triathlon Training for Couples, Adrian is killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle. His death devastates Michele and their children, Belle and Sam. Frankly, if were up to her, she’d crawl in bed, pull the covers over her head, and never come out. Unfortunately, his death also drives sales on the book and a media blitz occurs, which is a distraction for Michele and the family.
Michele’s grief for Adrian also drives her to intensify her training in order to participate in the Kona race in honor of her husband, yet at what cost? Her children, Sam and Belle, are paying the price for her lack of time and attention, and custody of the two is in jeopardy. Added to that, she feels that the police are not looking for his killer. Or at least, not hard enough to suit her so that, in essence, she becomes an amateur sleuth. Doing her own detective work may be as dangerous as training; moreover, she may discover things she’d rather not know, but nonetheless she persists.
Will Michele survive the race? Will she repair the rift with her kids? Will she discover her husband’s murderer? All these questions (and more) will be answered be answered as she goes for broke.
This is the first of Hutchins’ novels that this pedometer geek has read. It is part of a series called What Doesn’t Kill You, but this one clearly can be read as a stand-alone. Her characters are fresh and realistic. For example, teens Sam and Annabelle (Belle) act like typical teens. That is, they are moody and loving and rebellious and caring, all in the space of fifteen minutes. The scenarios are believable, as in the example of Michele’s driving herself in her training to block our her pain of the loss of her spouse. There is just enough romance, mystery, suspense, and humor throughout the story that keeps the reader engaged and emotionally connected to the characters.
There were the usual What-the-trends seen. Several of the characters (Adrian, Belle) had green eyes, and of course, there was at least one incident of hair tucking, but overall, it was a fun read, which means this reader intends to read other novels by this author. Actually, at least two of them (Saving Grace and Heaven to Betsy) are already downloaded on my Kindle, but I digress. What more needs to be said?