In this offering from Mark Edwards the author tries to spin a tale of mystery surrounded by a beautiful missing girlfriend of a news photographer. The problem is that soon the story falls flat on its face.
Richard meets mystery beauty while serving as a photographer on a news story about ‘close encounter’ alien/UFO chasers. A group of slightly strange folks who follow reports of alien sightings and thereafter watch for them to return are to be featured in a news story in Britain. Richard is the photog, and Marie is the mysterious lovely that he meets in the camp of the alien enthusiasts. They meet and fall in love. She moves in with Richard. Three months later, he returns home from a job interview to find Marie missing. He becomes totally dedicated to finding out what happens to beautiful Marie. Sounds interesting.
But Richard has no life of his own. Everything hinges on Marie, even after she obviously leaves him without any explanation. Marie doesn’t want to be found. Richard is a pathetic character. He has no self-esteem nor pride. The tale bubbles down into the alien underworld, even into alien abductions and alien porn. It becomes a story that leaves the reader with a disgusted look on their face. The non-ending ending is stupid.
I’m sure there are many missteps in the complicated plot lines, but this reader lost interest long ago. The only reason that I finished the boring book was to find out what happened to Marie. By the time I discovered the disappointing answer, this story had accumulated loads of characters that I didn’t give a hoot about had become lame and just plain silly.