Wednesday, September 15, 2010
From that point on, it's pretty much a straightforward thriller - trying to catch the murderer. I was hoping for intensity in this one. I was expecting to be thrilled. Sadly, I was in fact put to sleep. The premise sounds amazing and I think the book could have been equally amazing, but we barely see any action. Because the main character is retired, he is never present for any of the actual events. He gets called when bodies are found, but by the time he gets there the police have gathered the evidence and done all the "action" parts. Instead of getting to experience the action parts of the book, we hear a second hand account of what happened from various other police personnel. The book finally picks up some speed in the last 50 pages, but by then you've waded through 350 pages of hearing what happened from a secondary character.
My other big pet peeve is when writers don't listen to Stephen King's excellent advice in On Writing and use Tom Swifties. You can just say "said" when using dialogue. I promise. The biggest one in this book that jumped out at me was "he said as if appending an asterix". That sounds very smart, but how exactly does that sound? I've never heard someone say something and though "the tone in her voice is as if she's appending an asterix". I did read an ARC, so some of those type of things may not be present in the final version.
I loved the idea, and I didn't mind most of the writing. I think the book would have been a lot more exciting had we been present for at least some of the action. For me, hearing a secondary character describe something that another secondary character witnessed just can't be as exciting as experiencing the action with the main character.
So far, I'm really striking out with my RIP books. I want scary, but not supernatural. But I want to be scared. Just not supernaturally scared. Any suggestions? I've got at least two more RIP books and I'm hoping to find something good!
Posted by Julie G at 4:19 PM