Book Review: The Shoeless Kid by Marcelle Dube

The Shoeless Kid by Marcelle Dube

Genres: Adult fiction, mystery.

Kate Williams figures her new job as a small-town police chief will be a welcome change of pace. She’s unprepared for the deep internal rivalries that are tearing the department apart. Then there’s the case of a maybe-kidnapped six-year-old. She’s tempted to write off the homeless man who walks into her police station with nothing more than a crazy story and a kid’s high-top sneaker, but then a child actually does go missing.

I was looking forward to reading this book as I hadn’t read a good mystery in a while. The crime genre is somewhat unfamiliar to me and I’m always intimidated by it when I’m browsing the bookshop. In the crime section, I find that there’s always rows and rows of books that all look and sound the same, and I had hoped this one would not be average, but I’m afraid it was.

I wouldn’t say I disliked it. I wasn’t bored, but I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. I like crime books with twists and turns that keep you guessing and the problem with this novel was that there wasn’t anything to guess. The entire novel is extremely uneventful and anti-climatic; the “deep internal rivalries” weren’t exciting and the crime was equally as uninteresting. The police force even had enough free time to host (and participate in) a sports day.

I’m giving this book 2/5 (“This book was just “OK”. I most likely would not read it again”) because it was disappointed, but I didn’t dislike it (perhaps because it was a very quick read?). I expected a thrilling story about the attempt to find a missing child but was left with something that you would more likely see given a small mention in middle of the local newspaper. The anticipation was much more exciting than the result.

This book was obtained as an eGalley from Carina Press.

My Rating: ★★