Every time I opened Moving Day by Jonathan Stone on my Kindle, the title space read “Moving Day: A Thriller.” I’m glad it told me this because otherwise I’d have never known it was supposed to be a thriller. It was more a plodder.
Stanley and Rose Peke are moving across the country. The movers show up and Stanley is pretty sure they are a day early, but they insist it is moving day and, being 72, Stanley figures his mind just isn’t what it used to be. Of course, they really are a day early and they aren’t movers at all. They are thieves who go around pulling this ruse on wealthy elderly people in order to steal everything they own. And thus starts a tedious story with way too much commentary and narration in the form of introspective questions. Stanley was originally from WWII Poland so much of the story is intermingled with his seven-year-old memories, particularly when the thieves hire some Neo-Nazis to help deal with Stanley. A lot of things are repeated over and over. The parallels of his childhood story and 72-year-old story are pointed out constantly and unnecessarily. It takes half of the book to even really get to the good (and slightly thrilling) part.
Now, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. I did, actually. I just think it could have been better and possibly not labeled a thriller. Don’t expect major excitement from Moving Day, but you can expect a decent, interesting book.
3 (out of 5) Stars
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