"On Borrowed Time" by David Rosenfelt: Book Review

"On Borrowed Time" by David Rosenfelt
Minotaur, 291 pp., $24.99
Reviewed by David Marshall James


Here's a mystery/thriller that will blow your mind.

Gosh knows, that's what's happening to the protagonist-- and then some.

Richard Kilmer was just a typical, rising star in NYC magazine journalism, hanging out at the corner sports bar with his two best buds, until he met Jennifer Ryan.

Rapidly, he realizes that she's The One Yessiree, she's The Keeper.

Then, six months later and shortly after he's whipped out the biggest diamond he can almost afford, they're involved in a freakish automobile crash. Furthermore, she's apparently disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Moreover to that "furthermore," no one (aside from Richard) can remember her. Cinderella has ditched the ball, and there's not even a glass slipper to show for it.

Did she ever truly exist?

In an effort to preserve his sanity, Richard puts the word out as far as he can, via a magazine article: Have you seen this woman?

Naturally, the article pulls out more nuts than ... well, we'll leave the blank unfilled on that comparison.

Nevertheless, Richard's magazine piece draws the attention of a rather intriguing woman who pushes him in the direction of some answers regarding Jen Ryan.

This stand-alone mystery/thriller-- the eleventh novel by California author David Rosenfelt-- immerses the reader in an exciting, expertly paced story that allows for continuing glimpses into what's happening with Richard behind the scenes.

Still and all, the reader remains somewhat in the dark as to Richard's puppetmasters and puppetstrings as he attempts to fit the pieces of the Jen puzzle together.

Although the premise will probably leave the reader with at least three glaring questions, the novel is revved up with enough high-entertainment-octane so that you'll most likely have finished it before those questions begin to gnaw at you. After all, they may only nibble.

As Johnny Carson used to observe about his comedy sketches, "If you buy the premise, you'll buy the bit."

That's a pretty good deal, as far as this book goes.

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