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Spoilt Paperback – July 31, 2010

2.8 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Spoilt Series

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About the Author

Joanne Ellis is a prolific Australian writer who won the Night Reading / Publishing 'First Chapter of the Month' in May-June 2010 with her first chapter of 'Spoilt'. Other novels written by Joanne include: 'Twisted Fire', 'Womaniser', 'The Rookie', 'Charlottesville', 'Control' and 'The Mystic Garden'.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453696113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453696118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,502,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really can' believe the high reviews for this book. I rarely discontinue reading a book when I am half-way through but this one was so poorly written, I couldn't finish it. The idea behind the plot was intriguing enough but the execution was pretty bad. I thought I was reading something written by a high school student due to the simplistic vocabulary and descriptions. The characters were one dimensional and the dialogue flat. The "romance", if you can call what was going on between the two characters as romance, was forced and not believable. I got the book because it was free and, thank goodness, because I would have been upset had I paid for it.
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By A. Pierro on February 25, 2011
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I am so disappointed! After reading all the grand reviews, I was confident that I would get, at the very least, an entertaining read. It was a lost cause by the third chapter. It was written much the same way a middle school student would compose a short story. Instead of letting us get into the mind of the characters, she proceeded to spell out everything...instead of seeing what the serial killer was doing, she would give us his mental recap of what he had just done. Conversations were extremely stilted, and just didn't sound natural. The protaganist was weak, the cop weaker, and the killer the weakest.
I have been a voracious reader for over 25 years and have read some blah books, but this one has taken the cake! To be honest, by the time I was at 50% I was just skimming to find out how it ended. I feel let down and truly hope the author's other works far far outshine this one.
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Notice: review includes spoilers that may spoil you for "Spoilt" (but may also keep you from tearing out your hair in frustration over the writing) so consider yourself forewarned.

First of all, if that's the way a police investigation is run in her experience then I never want to live where she lives, because the only excuse for such a lukewarm investigation is if the case involves a nonviolent burglar stealing plastic lawn chairs from front porches while no one is home. This author has no idea what kind of a monster she created as her killer, what his escalating behaviors meant or what real police would do when confronting this kind of criminal.

Her killer chooses victims close to his own age, carves nasty messages onto the front of his victim's bodies while they are still alive to feel the pain, leaves their dead bodies face up in grimy public areas where they're easily found, and is comfortable choosing and disposing of victims in an area close to where he lives and works. Those things scream of extended experience, confidence, arrogance, and viciousness, all of which take time to develop. This killer thumbs his nose at the police and public, his attitude is "I'm right under your nose and you have no idea who I am or how to catch me, you're powerless to stop me" and would most likely have sent some communication to the police saying just about that. He would have to have been in operation for a long time to develop his confidence and arrogance; there would be bodies from similar unsolved murders elsewhere, which at a minimum would mean a multi-jurisdictional task force. One such murder is horrifying enough, two establishes a pattern, and there would be a lot of public panic at that point. People would be calling the police, their Governor, Mayor, D.A.
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This is the worst book I have ever actually finished. The dialogue was clumsy and unrealistic. The love/sex scenes were tedious and nothing short of childish. Although the plot showed some promise early- it just never led to a believable story. The decriptions of the police investigation into the serial murder of a number of young girls was laughable. We are expected to believe that in the unnamed city where the book was set, the murder of 4 young girls warrants only 2 detectives being assigned to the investigation -with only 2 more taking the alternate shifts and leaving notes for the lead detectives. Then it gets worse: one of these detectives starts a sexual relationship with the housemate of one of the murder victims- and then - he goofs off work one morning so he can spend the time in bed with his new girlfriend! His partner 'covers' for him and no-one notices his absence- not does he have any compunction apparently in not spending the time hunting for the murderer. For reasons never adequatey explained, he forms the view that the new girlfriend is the girl the serial killer is really after, but inevitably the killer kidnaps her and takes her to his place- ridiculously located almost adjacent to the girlfriend's house. Other police officers come on ths scene and in a performance worthy of the Keystone-cops, they knock on the door looking for the serial killer and simply go away after the killer answers the door and says he knows nothing about the murders. Our intrepid detective just 'knows' somehow that his missing girlfriend is in there and saves the day just in the nick of time.Read more ›
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