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Am I Blue....,
This review is from: The Red Room (Hardcover)
I don't know about you, but when I read a book by one of my favorite authors, my expectations are higher than when I read a book by an author who is unknown to me. When the book doesn't live up to my expectations, I guess I feel so let down that I tend to be hyper-critical.
This latest book by Nicci French lacked the edge and the connection to the protagonist that I experienced when reading a French book. When reading "Killing Me Softly" and "Beneath the Skin," I was constantly asking myself..."What would I have done?" I rarely found myself asking that while reading "The Red Room" On the contrary, I felt no connection to the protagonist, Kit Quinn. Although the character is explored in great depth, I just could not get drawn into her life.
Most of the other characters in the book were not well defined and, quite often, I wondered why they were there at all. Story lines were introduced and never fully explored or haphazardly explained leaving me a bit bewildered at times.
This was one of those books where you are waiting for that stunning moment to occur. There was only one scene in the book that was reminiscent of the French style. Unfortunately, a three to four page scene is not enough to carry a book.
On the positive side, the book was a very fast read. Maybe that is because I was frantically turning pages hoping to reach the point when I would feel that sense of urgency I felt when reading the prior two books.
When I finished this book, I had the feeling that this was the first book in a series featuring Kit Quinn, who goes from being a therapist to a forensic psychologist and super sleuth in short order.
If allowed, I would give this book 2-1/2 stars. As homage to the husband and wife team of Nicci French who have given me so many hours of exciting and insightful reading pleasure, I will give the book a three-star rating.
I am left waiting for the next French book with the optimism that it will be up to the level of excellence of the prior two books.