The Faint Call
Tate Publishing (2013)
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (01/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Faint Call’ by Lorraine Foster on Blogcritics.
“The Faint Call” by Lorraine Foster begins with Bill Hover and his wife Audrey preparing for a long awaited vacation in Paris. Bill seems to be having some sort of mid-life crisis or maybe even revelation as he thinks back to their earlier years and wonders if he looks all of his forty six years and then thinking about how Audrey doesn’t look much older at her age of forty four. They are both still in love and have a very playful relationship, along with playful friends. Each character seems to have a great sense of humor.
Bill dies suddenly in a car crash and is transported into another dimension where he meets Cree, the one who runs the Planet Harmony. Cree attempts to bring Bill to the reality that his life on Earth is now over but Bill refuses to believe her. He is certain he will wake up at any given moment. When he doesn’t wake up from this so called dream, he finally begins to look a little into his past relationship with Audrey.
The story consisted of looking back into scenes from Bill’s life accompanied with lots of conversation. This consumed most of the story. When Cree would enter the room, the scenes would come to an end and then more dialogue would form between Cree and Bill, which mostly consisted of a self-help realization of Bill’s death and the Planet Harmony that he was now on.
I found that “The Faint Call” was very hard to follow and I honestly didn’t find any specific plot. The dialog was jumbled, making it hard to tell who said what to whom. The Kindle version that I read didn’t seem to be formatted properly. There were many editing issues that I found such as words having random hyphens, misplaced punctuation marks and numbering. I assume the numbering would have been for the pages but they were stuck in random sentences throughout the text. I even enlarged my font to see if it would place things where they belonged but it did not help.
Furthermore, there are inconsistencies like Audrey being forty-four, but Bill references the way he remembers her back in 1945. Given both of their ages being in their forties, it seems impossible that either of them was alive in 1945. There is no indication that this book takes place in another decade so I can only assume that “The Faint Call” is set in present day.
At the end of the book, the author offers an “alternate ending.” Had the author incorporated it to be the actual end as well as a little more editing, it could have made the entire story have a whole new meaning.
“The Faint Call” by Lorraine Foster was not the book for me. While I feel like the characters’ personalities were awesome, the overall flow of the book was distracting and confusing.