I was sent Somewhere in the Shallow Sea by the author, Dennis Macaraeg, in exchange for an honest review. This book was relatively short, only 213 pages, but Macaraeg managed to pack a lot of action into it. This is a suspenseful thriller about a couple that must race to save their friend that has been kidnapped and taken to the jungles of the Philippines.
One of the things that I enjoyed the most about this novel was the setting. I’ve never been to the Philippines, but Macaraeg described the Philippines in such great detail that it has definitely made me want to go there and explore. The main characters travelled all over the Philippines, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the various locations.
The two main characters, Danny and Helen, were fairly well written. Danny was by no means a perfect character, and his flaws definitely kept him well rounded and believable. Danny spent the entire book striving to do the right thing, and that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most about him. Helen on the other hand was a very strong female character, and I loved that she wasn’t the type of female lead that needed to be rescued. One thing that didn’t really click for me was the romance between the two of them. The romance was well written, but I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between Danny and Helen.
Now as for the plot, it was well written and solid. It was suspenseful, and action packed. There weren’t any real plot twists, which made it somewhat predictable. But personally the predictability did not make it any less enjoyable, it was like a good action movie –you know what’s going to happen but the action and suspense keeps things interesting.
This one is a 3.5/5 stars for me, it was a good solid book. It is great for those times when you’ve just read something big, complicated, or intense and need something light and easy to dive into.