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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Fishing for Something by Andrew Scott Bassett, John Barrett's life is spiraling downwards. His wife Darlene has just left him, he is overworked and underpaid. To make matters worse, his estranged brother Audie arrives in Oregon with the news of his father's passing and needs help executing Raymond Barrett's final wishes. Although John has never forgiven his father for abandoning them and his mother Rose when they were children, he finally agrees to Raymond's strange request. A fishing trip takes them from Nevada, Arizona to Miami and New York, closely followed by thugs with a score to settle with Audie. As the trip progresses, they try to reconcile their strained relationship and evaluate their lives. They also discover a hidden side to their father they never knew existed. As they arrive to collect their inheritance in New York, they are forced to face a painful memory from their past.
Fishing for Something by Andrew Scott Bassett is a compelling novel that will engage your interest immediately. I loved all the characters; they were so realistic and unique. Their personalities jumped off the page through their dialogue and little behavioral traits. I enjoyed seeing the many broken relationships of the characters slowly heal. John and Audie seemed to view the same events from their past totally differently. I thought the way the author went back and forth from John to Darlene was excellent as it gave an insight into their marriage from different perspectives. The plot moves forward continuously; there is never a dull moment. There are some really funny exchanges between the brothers but also poignant ones too. This novel has everything - strong, memorable characters, tension, realistic heartwarming scenes, and great humor. There is also a major twist towards the end. I found so many powerful lessons entwined within this novel. For example, we learn what you focus on expands, whether that is negativity, hatred, or love and forgiveness. When you only see the negative side of a situation, you fail to see any goodness. The main message of this novel, I feel, is to always live life as if it is your last moment. Tell the people you care about how you feel before it is too late.