Charlie Presumed Dead
Review by: Stacy Palm
I'm generally not a fan of books that have despicable lead characters, and unfortunately for me this book had character traits that I found distasteful. The story begins with a funeral and we quickly discover that there is more than one girlfriend at this funeral mourning the sudden death (we believe) of Charlie. Charlie was at the time of his death seeing two very different girls. In no time at all these two girls meet, discover the lie, and decide to team up to find out what happened to Charlie. Ah, what? Wait a minute! You say, and so do I. This is how quickly this book started to lose me, but I continue on.
Without giving anything away, we discover that the girls do not really believe Charlie is dead, we also get the feeling that the girls have some big secrets, and we discover that Charlie has been a chronic liar all of his life by assuming the personality of those around him at any given time.
So the book continues to reveal little pieces of this puzzle while two girls who really have no reason being together travel the world blowing crap loads of money without any supervision. "Oh, Hi Mom, I'm in India, sorry I decided not to come home this week." Ah, no, this does not happen and there in lies my biggest issue with this book. All fantasy must be somehow seeped in reality for it to be believable. I could not manage to fib myself as much as I would need to in order to believe any of this story. Sorry, it may be okay for some, but this just wasn't for me.