Thursday, March 1, 2012
The writing in this one got off to a pretty rocky start for me. The author is setting her entire world up around this online universe and she pretty much immediately uses internet-speak incorrectly. Internet-speak can be annoying enough on its own, but when it's used incorrectly by someone who is supposed to be this hacker/internet-genius in the first chapter, it's really annoying. For the record, if you are online and you want to abbreviate "no big deal" it is "NBD" not "No BD". Now that I have that off my chest...the writing honestly doesn't improve much. I didn't like any of the characters, especially Diana. She wasn't flawed in an endearing way, she was annoying and desperate and pitiful in a way that reminded me of how I feel when I'm watching Hoarders. The plot is highly unbelievable and also ridiculously predictable, with foreshadowing so thick you can touch it.
As much as the writing turned me off to this book, it really wasn't that bad entertainment-wise. I didn't love the characters and I was pretty sure I knew the ending after the first few chapters (I did), but I didn't struggle with getting through the book. It has a fast pace and there were suspenseful moments. I'd even recommend it to a certain set of readers: those who aren't into bloody, gory, scary thrillers. It's got a harder feel than cozy mysteries, but it's not something that's going to make you check under your bed before you go to sleep at night either.
I thought it was ok, but it wasn't a favorite. I wish I had liked the characters more and that the ending hadn't been so very obvious. BUT, I do think it has a definite appeal to certain readers and I can think of several people who don't want scary but enjoy some suspense that I'd recommend it to.
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Posted by Julie G at 4:29 PM