Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review 'The Find' by Gregg Bell

What can a mother do when she has no money and a dangerously sick kid?

She can make a mistake.

In a moment of desperation, cleaning lady Phoebe Jackson tries to pawn the diamond-bejeweled Rolex she found in a mobster’s locker. Turns out the watch is a fake, but the mobster isn’t—and he’s on to her.

Last week Gregg Bell approached me for a honest review of his book ‘The Find’. Although this book is not the kind of book I normally read,  I was interested in the story after I read the description. I also saw that ‘The Find’ got some really good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. And very soon the decision was made and I started reading ‘The Find’.

‘The Find’ is a story about thirty two year old Phoebe Jackson. Phoebe is a single mom with two young daughters, Jasmine and Cessie. After Phoebe’s ex-husband left her ‘to find himself’ she has been taking care of her daughters all by herself. But it’s really hard. Cessie is a diabetic and unfortunately Phoebe has no health insurance. Phoebe works as a cleaning lady at Chicago’s exclusive Players Health Club but this job doesn’t pay very much. When Phoebe finds an expensive looking Rolex in one of the mobster’s lockers she decides to take it with her. But soon Phoebe is ridden with guild and tries to find a way to return the watch without anyone finding out.
Than Phoebe meets Michael. Michael is charming and handsome and a little dangerous (but let’s face it, that’s half the charm). And most of all Michael is nice to Phoebe. But soon Phoebe finds out that Michael isn’t how he seems to be. But still Phoebe can’t seem to stay away from him. And unfortunately Phoebe soon finds out that one decision can change everything.

Although ‘The Find’ didn’t seem my kind of book at first, I was completely hooked from the first page. This book was exciting and really thrilling and I just really had to know what would happen next. Phoebe is a likeable character and even though she made a big mistake I could really relate to her. Reading this book you can really understand why she made that mistake. All Phoebe wanted was to give her two daughters a better life. And through the book you really learn that Phoebe will do everything for her two girls. At times it was really frustrating to see how that one mistake changed everything and sometimes I just really wished Phoebe would just take her girls and run like hell.

What I really liked about this book is that you read what Phoebe is thinking. So every time she does something or makes a decision you read about her thought process. This really made the book interesting. Although I sometimes wanted to scream ‘NOOOOOOOO!!!’ you still kind of understand why Phoebe makes her decisions. Not always very smart, but still kind of understandable.

I really was pleasantly surprised by ‘The Find’. Last night I just had to find out how this book would end so I read till late at night, just to finish this book. That is definitely something ‘The Find’ will make you do. Gregg Bell’s writing pulls you in and you just have to finish it. I’m very honored to have received this book for my honest review and I would recommend this book for everyone who loves to get pulled into an exciting book full of suspense. 

 About the Author:


‘When I was ten a drunken guy almost drowned me in a swimming pool. It was in Miami Beach at
the Chateau motel. The guy was a pool hand and he was wrestling (playfully, for the most part)with us kids. Then he said, "I'm going to show you a good hold" and he got me in a headlock and took me under. It was a good hold all right. He held me there and held me there and held me there. I struggled but this was a powerful man. There was nothing to do. I would either die or I wouldn't.
That experience gave me an appreciation for life's tenuousness. If you think about it, we're only alive as far as our next breath will take us.

So I write novels and stories about characters like you and me with their heads underwater. (Figuratively speaking of course.) Characters under so much duress their brains are about to burst. They're at the end of it all. No way out of this one. But I also write with a sense of humor. (You have to have a sense of humor, right?)

I was born in 1956 in Chicago. A lifelong Illinois guy. Married once. Divorced. No kids. No pets. Passionate about things: people, classical music, golf. And I always seem to be on the side of the underdog.’ – Gregg Bell

For more information about ‘The Find’ by Gregg Bell you can go to Goodreads and Amazon or visit his website. You can also find Gregg on Twitter and Facebook and last but not least on his blog


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