Book review of ‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’ by David P. Perlmutter (2012)
‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’ is often a phrase we hear when people find themselves in a situation that is affected by circumstance. Often it is unavoidable but not always. Sometimes the decisions we make can also be a reason why we may find ourselves in such a position.
David P. Perlmutter’s debut novel ‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’ takes us on the journey he made to Marbella 25 years ago, a time when he needed to escape the world, a time when he had lost everything due to a stupid mistake, a time when he needed to make a change in his life.
From the very beginning, David shows us how one quick decision can change the path that your life takes. In this true story, we get to see the emotions of a man who truly goes on a rollercoaster ride from success to ruin. It seems that one thing after another happens, making him unable to get his life back on track. A feeling that many readers will relate to. Sometimes it is due to a rush of emotion, other times it truly is someone who is in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time.’
‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’ also gives us an insight into human nature. How an act of kindness can often be more sinister than first thought. In fact, it does seem quite critical of human nature in places. At the beginning of the novel, David is trusting and is able to find the good in everyone he meets. By the time we reach the end of his story, he is cynical, he has lost his trust in people and ultimately realises that the only person that can get him out of this situation is himself.
The novel is action-packed, with an array of challenges that David faces on the streets of Marbella. The pace particularly quickens when he meets ‘the journalist’ and readers are on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens. The build-up of tension emulates the panic and desperate situation that he finds himself in. With little support and no money left, David has to make a potentially dangerous decision in order to survive the whole ordeal. Is he able to finally break the cycle of being in the ‘Wrong Place’ at the ‘Wrong Time’?
By Arline Mellor
Posted on 01/02/2017
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