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Is it just me or is his writing always this bad?
on January 13, 2014
I've never read a J.R. Rain book before, so I was a little unsure if it was just me not being used to his writing style or what, but I really struggled with this book. The plot was so one dimensional. I suppose I didn't realize when I purchased this for my tablet that it was technically a novella, not a novel, which meant that it was over incredibly fast. If I had known that I probably wouldn't have purchased it.
The character, Allison, is employed for a psychic hotline and reads people's futures. During one point on the job Allison receives a phone call from a man, "the gentleman" referenced in the title, seeking help in solving his 10-year-old daughter's murder. The man's wife also committed suicide after the daughter's death. It's been three or so years since the girl was murdered and there are no leads in the case. This is where Allison comes in to offer her services and meets with the man in his spooky house.
The characters seemed incomplete to me. Allison gets repeated phone calls from one caller, a man named Cal, who seemed genuinely interested in her romantically and yet that plot line wasn't followed. Why bring it up repeatedly in the course of a 160-paged book (page amounts according to my tablet) if the author was going to leave it so unsatisfyingly unfinished?
Now, again I've not read any of his Samantha Moon detective series books but, I found it very irritating that Allison kept mentioning Samantha Moon as her best friend who'd helped her out in this situation or that situation, often saving her life. Samantha Moon is a vampire who feeds off of Allison and due to her vampiric nature has enhanced the psychic powers Allison experiences. Even though Samantha Moon plays such a crucial role in the development of her psychic abilities, the entirety of what this book is based on, we never meet Samantha Moon, and the various past stories and run-ins Allison mentions are never fleshed out. They are all plot lines for his other books, so I suppose if I want to know what happened I have to seek out those books. I found it irritating however that a majority of *this* book is filled with blurbs from other books, other plot lines. This is technically a new series and from what I've heard, J.R. Rain intends to pursue writing others in this same vein. If that's the case, a reader ought to be able to pick up this book, the first of the series, and know the character fully. One should not have to read half a dozen other books for this one to make sense.
I found the conflict in the book real and interesting enough, the pursuit of a child's killer, but it was so quickly resolved as to make it seem unrealistic. She follows one lead and the killer is quickly caught the first time she pursues interviewing past suspects. Are the police so incredibly dense as to have missed something she is so quickly able to resolve? The killer's anger is so near the surface he attempts to kill her in the parking lot at his place of work, in full view of several witnesses, after she asks him a mere one or two questions. Like the police couldn't have uncovered someone so malevolent in the three years they'd been investigating the case? I certainly hope so otherwise I don't have much faith in our law enforcement.
I will not be seeking out any more books in this series and I doubt I'll be seeking out any of those in his Samantha Moon series. Unless someone can convince me his other books are better, I think I'll move on and seek out another author. It's too bad. I do so love a good paranormal crime series.