Bright, ambitious Rebecca Chase is in New York for a medical conference. As a cutting edge researcher, she is on top of her game and a hot commodity. During a break from the conference, she stops in a bar where she meets Ragnar Johnson.
A discussion on his unusual name leads to a late night rendezvous in his apartment. Ragnar believes his recent run of bad luck has changed. That is until he wakes up the next morning to an empty bed and a missing Rebecca. What initially appeared to be a young woman regretting a drunken choice becomes a true missing person’s case when the police knock on his apartment door. It seems that Rebecca isn’t just missing from his apartment. She’s gone without a trace.
Shady scientists, sketchy friends, and scary secrets all come into play in the search for Rebecca. It seems that everyone wants to find her- or do they?
‘The Girl At the Bar’ is Nicholas Nash’s first book. The basic premise is good. His plot is well thought out and shows promise. However, there are a number of things that I didn’t care for throughout the book. Character to character dialogue seemed much too scripted. Rarely do ‘real’ people speak without using any slang or consistently speak in full sentences. Here, our characters repeat themselves -often- and use the word ‘Uh’ constantly.
In a mystery that involves cancer research, a good bit of medical jargon is to be expected. However, some benefit of the doubt should be given to readers. Not all terms need a paragraph long explanation. For example, carcinogens is a pretty common word for most readers. It comes off as condescending and elementary to leave the plot’s action & define it. The same can be said for historical references. If it isn’t essential to the plot, leave it out. It’s distracting.
That said, my opinion is that ‘The Girl in the Bar’ is simply missing the ‘WOW’ factor. A little over halfway through, I’d reconciled what I thought the finale would be and I was spot on. With so much competition in fiction, a book really needs to stand out in its genre. Sadly, this one does not. I give it 3 stars, which is being generous, and hopefully, Nicholas Nash will come with his ‘A’ game in his next book.
*Sensitive readers: Contains sex and violence
**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. As always, read for yourself and draw your own conclusion.