Layover by David Bell


David Bell

In this whirlwind, fast-paced novel filled with lies, deceit, and secrets, Joshua tries to discover why a woman has vanished from her own life.

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In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth.

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

Advance Galley Reviews

This is the first book I have read by this author. I had trouble finishing the book and had to force myself to read it. It was a slow moving story that I found myself skimming to move the plot along faster. I did not like the main character. I thought he was a little too whinny and a bit of a wimp. He didn't know what he wanted in life, I don't think I will read this author again.

Layover is a three week long adventure to find out what happened to Giles and Morgan. Joshua met a girl during a layover at the airport. The police, a victim's brother, and Joshua are on parallel pursuits to find Morgan for all different reasons, but in the end the answers always come out. A Cat and Mouse game, but so many more factors mix it up for a thrilling ride. Thanks FirstToRead, Penguin Random House and Berkley Books for a chance to read an advanced reader copy for review.

I’m a big fan of David Bell’s novels but I’m not a big fan of LAYOVER, a psychological thriller (one of my favorite genres) that just did not work for me. I like the premise: the two main characters meeting during a layover at the airport and a mystery then ensues. But then the plot kind of sputters and fizzles. I really had to push to finish the novel but did so in hopes of a twist or something. Unfortunately, no surprises with this one...

I really enjoyed the first half or so of the book but my interest started to go downhill from that point on. For the most part though, I did like how the author chose to wrap the story up as I don't think he went the conventional route. The ending for me helped push this book back into the decent read category, although other readers might disagree. Joshua Fields hates flying which is a bit of a problem considering his job forces him to travel by airplane all the time. A pre-flight routine of popping a Xanax and drinking an alcoholic beverage is the best solution he can come up with to dealing with his phobia. During a layover at the airport he meets a mysterious woman named Morgan. Joshua feels this instant connection to her and doesn't want this feeling to be lost forever when they both go on their separate ways. So he does something a little bit crazy, and well from that point on, he is involved in gigantic crazy mess. From the get go some people might have a hard time believing the lengths Joshua went to which all started with a brief encounter with a stranger. While I could at least kinda understand Joshua's motivations in the beginning, after awhile it became too much and it was hard not to want to yell at him "what the hell are you doing?". It's always difficult for me when reading a thriller to still enjoy the book when I have lost faith in the main character. The second half was a bit of a struggle to get through but some of the last few chapters went a long way in redeeming the book in my eyes. Trying not to get into spoiler territory, but I am curious if the author had to fight with the publisher to write the ending he wanted rather than go in a more typical direction. Keep in mind though I'm not saying it is a spectacular ending, more I like how it felt oddly unique. I'm probably in the minority with that opinion though. Overall, a decent thriller but it's not one I would say is a must read. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

This book was like a fast moving train! It's really what I would call a thriller. Lots of action, quick to read and short, fast chapters that keep you turning pages. Each time I would think I knew what was going to happen, the story would twist just a little, just enough to keep me glued to the pages. Great read!

Although I got frustrated with the characters, the book does keep a fast pace. It would make a good t v movie.

David Bell never fails to disappoint! Layover was a fast paced suspense that kept you turning the pages to see what would happen next. Thank you First to Read!

This is the second book that I have read by this author and find that he is extremely talented at keeping the reader guessing and drawing suspense and mystery into his reading. I found this book kept me guessing from beginning to end. I will definitely be recommending this author and this book to others. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never read this author before so I have no previous experience to compare this book to. I found it a fast moving story that kept my interest and I read it in a single sitting. I did enjoy it as the suspense and plot twists kept me engaged in the story. I felt that the premise of the book was plausible but bordered on abnormal behavior and stalking by both main characters which is justified by the interjection of anxiety to explain the behavior away. It seemed that both main characters, Morgan and Joshua, were narcissistic and lacked insight and integrity. I didn’t particularly like many of the characters but they seemed a good fit with the storyline. If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable read, this book might fit the bill.

So sorry to say but this was a disappointment. I have throughly enjoyed several other of this author’s books, including Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, Never Come Back, Somebody’s Daughter, and Somebody I Used To Know. This was hard to get through to the end but I did because I had won an ARC and felt I should finish it because of that. Thank you to First To Read for my ARC.

Definitely an interesting read. I really felt bad for Joshua and the mess he got mixed up in. I would recommend this book. Thanks, First to Read, for my advance copy.


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