Book: Moving Day
Source: Free from publisher, part of the TLC tour
Author: Jonathan Stone
Readability Rating: 4 stars
Morality Rating: PG-13
Target audience: Thriller lovers who also like a character-driven story.
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About Jonathan Stone (from his website)
Jonathan Stone writes his books on the commuter train from his home in Connecticut to his advertising job in midtown Manhattan. Honing his writing skills by creating smart and classic campaigns for high-level brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, and Mitsubishi has paid off, as Stone’s first mystery-thriller series, the Julian Palmer books, won critical acclaim and was hailed as “stunning” and “risk-taking” in Publishers Weekly starred reviews. He earned glowing praise for his novel The Cold Truth from the New York Times, which called it “bone-chilling.” He’s the recipient of a Claymore Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel and a graduate of Yale, where he was a Scholar of the House in fiction writing.
Moving Day Summary
Moving day started out as the sweet story of a couple moving on after reaching the age of retirement, but when their stuff is stolen by a band of thieves pretending to be their moving company, it is up to Stanley and Rose to follow and confront the thieves, and along with them, their surprising past.
When I first started reading Moving Day, I had no idea where the story was going. But a couple of chapters in, I was hooked. I loved that the story’s main characters were an older couple. We rarely see older people featured in fiction, so it was refreshing to read a story of a couple that doesn’t meet fictional stereotypes.
Plot: Although this is classified as a thriller, there was a lot more depth to the story than I expected. You could almost call Moving Day a character-driven thriller, which may now be one of my favorite genres to read. I loved how the characters became the plot. Things didn’t happen to them, they were the events and drive behind the story. Moving Day has all the elements of a classic heist story, but it becomes funny and touching when the main characters are two senior citizens just trying to get their life back.
Characters: I loved the characters in Moving Day. Stanley and Rose were perfect, and the other characters in the story were life-like and enjoyable. I didn’t find myself hating any of the characters, which is rare for me in a book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters through flash-backs. In some instances, the flash-backs seemed a little unnecessary, but it gave a full prospective on who Rose and Stanley were today and in the past.
Setting: This story takes place across the United States as Stanley and Rose track down the thieves that stole their belongings. I found it a little odd that Pete and Rose actually had so many valuable possessions (maybe I just don’t hang out with rich old people enough?), but it was exciting to see them chase down criminals across the varied landscape of the United States.
Writing: I read a few reviews that said Moving Day was “overwritten,” but I didn’t feel that it was. I like stories that dive a little deeper into the minds of characters. Perhaps it is “overwritten” as compared to most thriller books that are dialogue-run, but I enjoyed the slower pace and deeper writing.
Who should read this book: If you like character driven stories but also a bit of humor and action, then you will love Moving Day.
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