That's A Novel Idea has started a new MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.
1. Book you read and/or reviewed this week
Sail by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
2. Words that describe the book
3. Settings where it took place or characters you met:
Dr. Katherine Dunne: heart surgeon, mother of three whose new husband is okay with her taking two months off to go on a sailing trip with her late husband's brother James and her three kids, hoping to assuage her guilt at almost never being home for them. Peter Carlyle: a very successful, persuasive attorney and Katherine's second husband who has a side to him that Katherine has never seen. The Dunne children: Mike, a teen with a drug and motivational problem. Carrie: a bulimic who is nearly suicidal. Ernie: a loveable precocious ten year old whose idea would be their salvation.
4. Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
The premise of reconnecting with her kids before it is too late was admirable. The kids' transformation when hardships occurred during the trip and the ensuing appreciation of family was very well portrayed. Although parts of it were a little predictable, the story really held my attention and I did like the surprising twist at the end.
5. Stars or less for your rating?