Book Review: 5* - The Journals of Bob Drifter, by M. L. S. Weech
Bob Drifter is an inconspicuous substitute teacher, who would hardly raise an eyebrow or garner a glance if he were to walk by you on the street. He’s a genuinely nice guy, who cares for his students. Yet, as usual, things aren’t always what they seem. Bob is much more than he appears to be. He’s a journeyman, someone who helps souls cross over to the other side. The problem with a secret identity, though, is that eventually someone is bound to discover who (or what) you really are—especially an identity like Bob’s. You can only be spotted at the scene of so many deaths before it raises suspicion. When the police take an interest in Bob, his life becomes complicated. Add in a nasty grim-reaping villain who threatens not only Bob, those he cares for, and the souls of all humanity, and the police quickly become the least of Bob’s worries.
I absolutely adored The Journals of Bob Drifter! This book was nothing like I expected. It was much darker than I thought, but it was also thought-provoking and heartwarming. It actually made me cry in public, which is something that doesn’t happen often! Bob Drifter was a story that was full of hope, but oh, so sad! It was well-written and except for one or two brief slowdowns, was nicely paced. The majority of the characters do their job to suck you into the story, and the dialogue and interesting plot keeps you hooked throughout. Bob is the perfect character to carry a story like this. He wants to do the right thing and be more than he is. He wants to make a difference. There is sense of sadness that hangs over him that makes you so badly want him to succeed. To say I was emotionally invested in the outcome is an understatement.
I started Bob Drifter on vacation. I brought three books with me, but I couldn’t put this one down. The rest all were left untouched because Bob and his troubles kept pulling me back. The author built the tension steadily, making me as nervous as I was anxious to reach the end and discover Bob’s fate.
I found The Journals of Bob Drifter to be a rousing emotional breath of fresh air. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an immersive paranormal read.