Transference by Jeff Fuell

transference

Synopsis:

Michael Potters is caught in a dilemma. He is attempting to solve his own murder and trying to do so in the form of a little boy whose body he now inhabits. While doing so, he not only has to keep the secret from his own son, but from the new family that he is now living with. To add even more to his troubles he is having to once more attend grade school, something which was frustrating enough the first time. He has no idea why all of this is happening to him nor how much time he has left to find out why. All he can do is race the clock to try to discover who was responsible for murdering him before his time runs out.
From the author: Like most people, I have often wondered what it would be like to be a kid again, but to retain the experience and wisdom that I have as an adult. This is a good deal about what this story is about. It is also a bit of a culture clash as the main character of this book experiences being a kid again in a whole new world that was different from his own. I suppose every generation looks at the one coming up and asks “Is this what our future is? We’re doomed!” Michael Potters is having to experience it firsthand because he has no alternative.

Review:

Michael Potter is a single father who is trying the best he knows how to raise his 12 year old son.  He lost his wife to cancer and his son’s best friend is in a coma, so his life knows no shortage of tragedy and drama.  But he has no idea how much worse it’s going to get.  He stumbles upon some weird accounts with large amounts of money in them at work.  Before he has the chance to investigate it, he is murdered in the parking lot at work.  When he arrives at the hospital, his spirit is pulled into a room where his son’s best friend, Tommy Harris is laying in a coma.  The next thing he knows, he wakes up in the kids body.  Now, he has to pretend to be Tommy while he tries to figure out who killed him so that he can move on and not be stuck living as a kid again.  Easier said than done.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This story sounded really good to me and it started out with a bang.  My problem was that it was too wordy.  There was too much dialogue and not enough action.  There were also times where the author was reiterating things that happened, almost like it was a sequel and needed rehashing for the reader to remember what had happened in the first book.  The ending came about abruptly and all the action was over in a short period of time. One of the things that bothered me was when the police showed up at the end of the book.  It didn’t seem believable the way that they knocked and yelled on the door when there was a hostage situation.  Maybe I was just irritated at that point because if all of the conversation and rushing of the ending.  Anyway, the premise was good, but it could’ve been better.

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