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Almost, But Not Quite
on November 6, 2011
This is a hard book to review because I know it's going to look like I'm tearing it to pieces, but I only do that with books I read that I feel have a lot of good/a lot of potential. Alone is definitely one of those books. I love stories that involve amnesia and having to investigate to find out ones identity. I also like Perlow's choice to separate out the vampires and giving them a 'who is the real bad guy?' war between them.
That being said, Alone doesn't quite make it as a favourite for a few reasons.
After the first chapter, the reader jumps two years into the future. I didn't understand the jump or even the purpose of the jump. At no point did I feel it was necessary to the plot to have that jump.
I think the matter of Erin's amnesia could have been handled better. Admittedly, in this day and age, amnesia like hers is hard to handle - especially when you want to keep the reader in the dark - but it continued to bother me throughout the book.
For example, she has a license, a lease on an apartment and a bank account - all of which you need a good amount of identifying documentation to get. If all of that had been set up for her, documents forged, officials bought off... Anything like that could have worked for the story, but those things simply weren't addressed and it didn't work at all for me. Even more so after the two year jump when she had more than enough time to find these things out.
Erin herself was a cold character. She seemed to be more vampire than the vampires with little emotions and little response to pain - even her fingers being broken. Little touches could have gone a long way to making Erin seem more human.
Yet, even with those things, I kept reading. I got sucked into the mystery and wanted to keep going. In that, Perlow did very well.