31 May, 2012

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

Blink & CautionName: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones.
Pages: 352.
Publication: 5th January 2012/Walker Books. 
Rating: ½
Buy It: Amazon | Kennys

"Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an “abducted” CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold.

Enter a girl named Caution. As in “Caution: Toxic.” As in “Caution: Watch Your Step.” She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naïve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel.
Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst—along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption."

Blink & Caution is a young adult contemporary thriller that revolves around two teenage runaways whose nicknames are, shockingly, Blink and Caution. Both find themselves knee deep in trouble, Caution with her boyfriend and Blink, when he witnesses a crime.

I found Blink and Caution's relationship moved too fast but the fact that the relationship started out so honest overshadows the fast pace.

Blink & Caution contains a very unique and interesting narrative to distinguish between both of the character's voices. In Part One of the book, the narrative alternates from Blink to Caution. However, in the Part Two of the book, the book is still a dual narrative but their stories have not merged. In a few other parts, the book is from an omniscient view. The narrative gives the book an original flourish. 

Final Thought.
Although I did not find Blink & Caution to be a 'dazzling crime novel', I did, nevertheless, find it to be a very good book.

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