Drive, by JL Gaynor Will Take Your Imagination On a Joy Ride
J.L. Gaynor takes the reader on a wonderful ride in her novel, Drive. Gaynor’s title so aptly captures the rhythm, internal nuances of the characters’ personality, and the actual events. The pacing of the plot flows as if the reader was on a journey with the characters, along for a ride filled with emotional ups and downs and the wrenching realism that often besets lovers. The characters instantly captivate, particularly as Gaynor possesses a wonderful ability to evoke a realism of voice within dialogue — each character speaks distinctly, clearly, veritably articulating her own essence, with her own choice of words. A marvelous, and rare ability among writers.
Gaynor’s use of dialogue, both internal and conversationally, fills the imagination with a sincerity of emotional presence; so much, in fact, I felt as though I was with them. I thoroughly enjoyed Drive. I look forward to checking out Gaynor’s next book Ascension: A Rachel Cross Novel as soon as possible. As a matter of fact, I have the book on the table, ready for perusal.
Gaynor’s emergence on the scene of lesbian fiction is a wonderful addition to a growing group of authors who are able to create exciting works of fiction using lesbian characters richly and deeply, and with the dexterity that any fiction reader would enjoy, not just the niche of lesbian readers.