Book Review: Rattlesnake, by Kim Fielding

Rattlesnake, by Kim Fielding

A drifter since his
teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a
duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert
night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter
from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.

On a quest
to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town
nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of
the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former
cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the
ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.

Both within
the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an
unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road
continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful
past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who
can’t stay put for long. 

Rating: 5 out of 5!

Wow, what a great book.
Both Jimmy and Shane are broken people, each in their own way. Seeing
them interact and how the broken pieces fit together is wonderful to
read.

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I enjoyed this book and Kim Fielding’s “Bones”
books, and I think (aside from the great main characters and dialogue),
she creates a wonderful sense of place. The story isn’t taking place in
a vacuum, and the secondary characters are interesting and have lives
“off-screen.” I’ve read a few too many books where every single
character introduced has a specific role to play in the plot. It’s OK to
just have someone in the background who doesn’t, you know, actually do
anything other than aid in the setting!

It’s always a good sign
when I get wrapped up enough in the characters and the story that when
the end of the book comes I’m crying and wanting more. That was
definitely the case with Rattlesnake!

I initially read (and reviewed) this book in June, 2016. I
just finished listening to K.C. Kelly’s performance of this audiobook.
Kelly’s voice is perfect for the story, adding a comfy Western twang to the
narration and providing suitable accents for the characters. His
performance is remarkable because he pays attention to how the
dialogue is delivered, as well as differences in cadence and intonation.
Jimmy’s simple “Sure.” (in context, “go ahead, I don’t mind”) has a
rising intonation that matches how you would imagine the character would
naturally speak. I’m probably describing this poorly, but it is safe to
say that I enjoyed Kelly’s performance very much, and he made a great
book even better!

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