Sharyn Kopf’s dual timeline story, Cold Read, is fun with quirky characters. I’m not usually excited about reading present tense, but I really liked it in this case. The modern storyline was written in present tense, while the historical part was told in past tense. It flowed well that way, moving back and forth.
I personally enjoyed the modern part part more in this book, I think because I felt like, as the reader, I was able to get to know Stephie better than the historical main character, Juniper.
Stephie is directing a play in her small town’s historic theater, and she finds herself liking the man playing the lead role. As someone who has always been sort of on the outside and alone, Stephie almost panics at the mixed feelings she has at war within her.
Juniper is less developed as a character than Stephie, but she also shows up less frequently in the story, so it seems natural to not be able to get to know her as deeply. In spite of knowing her less, Juniper irritated me… I think because she pined away after someone who was clearly arrogant and thought he was above her and her family, and because of that she put down a true friend in much the same arrogant way.
Did I like the book? Yes! It was an enjoyable quick read, and I highly recommend reading Sharyn Kopf. She has a uniquely frank style of writing that feels like you’re having a conversation, as well as creative plots that are unlike any others I’ve found so far.
I would compare this book to pepperoni pizza. It’s easy going and fun, but at the same time isn’t just fluff. Good stuff:)