Title: Beyond Parallel
Author: Matthew Turner
Publisher: Turndog Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Fiction / Romance
Series: Prequel: Tales From A Tiny Thai Table
Best Read in Order: Very Helpful
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
One boy. One girl. One insignificant moment that changes their lives forever.
Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?
In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking, Beyond Parallel flips between two parallel tales. One follows Bella and Clark as a couple, the other as if they never meet.
Friendships, careers, dreams, fantasies…their lives are no different to yours or mine.
Follow their journey over a fast paced, mazy two-years. Highflying careers, book tours, teaching teenagers, hipster warehouses, coffee shop hangouts, a despicable salesman…they’re all confronted.
It’s incredible how a small, everyday decision can affect how you look, where you live, the people you love, and who you become. We could all live a billion lives, but we’re only given one. Is it all a game of chance, or are Bella and Clark meant to be?
I would highly suggest that anyone interested in reading this book also pick up the free prequel, Tales From A Tiny Thai Table. The introduction to the characters will serve you well in the reading of the novel. Unfortunately, I was not told of the prequel, and was unaware of it until I started to gather information for this post.
This was an interesting read, all based on those “what if” questions that we all have: what if I went left instead of right, what if we had never met, what if I chose x instead of y. They are simple questions, ultimately futile in the real world, although providing a ripe font of potential for a novel.
This is the story of Bella and Clark and the two universes that they could inhabit: met and unmet. While I was not a fan of the film Sliding Doors, parallel universe stories can be greatly entertaining when managed well, and the questions and situations posed are logical and feel possible.
While I think both lives were fairly well-developed if rather basic, I would have wished for more information of their lives at the end to finish the story completely. All four of the main characters were basically fleshed out, but I could not find a great deal of polish that creates a breathing character that a reader can picture. I think part of this was cleverly done on the author’s part – keeping the character numbers down and their lives and situations simple for ease of storytelling, but I still wanted more. While I did find Turner’s writing very smooth, with dialog that felt natural and the characters had a solid sense of identity, the brusque splits between together and separate often led to the story feeling disjointed, with a couple of chapters needing to pass before they gathered together again.
It was a clever story that mostly worked for me, and would possibly have worked better had I known of and read the prequel beforehand.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions were my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Matthew Turner is a storyteller, nomad, and coffee loving fiend.
He sees life as one gigantic tale, and it’s the role of creator in which he has taken. Be it Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Day-to-Day Musings, each new day brings a beginning, middle, and end.
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