Thursday, 19 November 2015

Snatched by Stephen Edger

SnatchedSnatched by Stephen Edger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was offered free on Amazon and the description was appealing enough to prompt me to put it on my want to read shelve.

The story flowed at pace suiting the mystery of the novel, however, there were many times I felt too much description and background on characters were unnecessary and weighing the novel down. One part in particular was during the attach on Sarah, she passes out, the chapter ends and the next chapter begins with her father and all about how he didn’t want a mobile phone, his new girlfriend etc… None of this moved the story forward, in fact, I skimmed over most of those pages. There were several other errors throughout the story, but I don’t feel the need to point them out, the only thing I would offer this author it to be careful when writing dialogue. Throughout this novel I found the dialogue too exact, saying things that would be written, not said by a character.

There is also a fine line between fictional and reality and sometimes it is hard to distinguish between what a reader may believe and accept against what could be real and true. This novel pushes that barrier a little further than I could accept leaving me without the ability to immerse myself into the story. There were too many things that left me saying that all of this couldn't possibly happen to one person.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Inheritance: A Psychological Mystery and Suspense ThrillerInheritance: A Psychological Mystery and Suspense Thriller by Thomas Wymark

What an intriguing read this book turned out to be. From the first page I was hooked trying to figure out what was really happening. The author had me guessing for quite some time about the mental status of the main character. I truly believed the book was heading in one direction, but half-way through the story took a sudden twist.

It’s interesting when you think you’ve figured out what is going to happen within a story to find out you were utterly wrong. The old saying, ‘nothing is what it seems,’ was on repeat in my mind while reading this novel.

The overuse of description at times had me skimming a few pages and I believe there is a fine line between too little description to move the story forward and not enough to visualize the story. The ability to balance the two becomes very difficult when writing a mystery novel. This novel was well written, quite an easy read with an ending sure to shock you.

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