Sunday, September 1, 2013

Regret by Michael Robertson Jr. and Dan Dawkins

After reading Rough Draft  I was thrilled to find out that another Michael Robertson Jr./Dan Dawkins book, Regret, was available for free in the Amazon Prime Lending Library.  After reading both books, especially in such quick succession, I'll say that Regret was definitely my favorite of the two.

Regret is the story of Dan Dawkins, who up until recently is an unassuming English teacher, living a quiet life with his wife, Amy. While cleaning out their attic, Amy finds some stories that Dan wrote in college, and encourages him to pick up writing again.  This leads to him landing a lucrative book deal, and flying to New York to meet with his young and attractive agent, Jenna.  One thing leads to another, and he strays from his marriage, with deadly results.

Suicidal and confused, he sells his house and begins meandering across the country, landing at a quiet bed and breakfast in rural Oklahoma.  Initially stranded there because of the storm, he decides it will be a good place to hole up for a bit as he gets his shit together.  Not only does he find himself getting cozy with the routine and anonymity of small town life, but he finds himself itching to write again.  But not about just anything.  He's clamoring to write about Jackson, the incredibly violent protagonist of his hit book.  But it seems like he can't keep Jackson's evil actions on the page...

I really enjoyed this book, and found it to be a fun ride throughout.  Although there definitely is blood and gore, and plenty of sick thoughts, none of it is put in just for shock value.  It all ties in together, and I like how the ending wrapped it all up.  I personally appreciated the character development, and found it very creepy how cold and disconnected Dan became throughout the story.

I will say that it was a little odd that no one ever suspected who was responsible for the violence until Mr. FBI showed up, but I imagine that's the trusting country attitude versus my incredibly wary and cynical city view.  Definitely check out Regret -- it's only $2.99 on Kindle, or free through the Prime members lending library.