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Not a Beauty,
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I hate to spoil the 5 star streak, but Eye of the Beholder is just average. The plot revolves around Maddie Richards, a police detective investigating a serial killer who "signs" each kill with "I'll get you my pretty". Somehow, the killer is given the moniker "The Beholder".
Unfortunately, the author spends more time describing Maddie's physical assets than on the plot. We're never told what made the killer all of a sudden start killing, why these particular victims were chosen, and the meaning behind the "I'll get you my pretty". Or, perhaps we were and I just skipped past it trying to avoid the miles of meaningless description. The ending is abrupt, as if the author hit a magic word limit and needed to wrap it up quickly.
If you're looking for a good mystery with competent and well-thought-out female main characters in law enforcement, there are much better options that this.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 9:08:40 PM PDT
Clue Collector says:
T Reader sounds like s/he didn't read the book or read the wrong book for this review or didn't comprehend what s/he read. For one thing the name of the book is 'The Beholder', not 'Eye of the Beholder' and for another, the moniker came from alluding to beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thus 'the beholder.' The reasons, the names, etc. were all explained and made sense when I read the book - and I really did read the book!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2012 5:28:59 AM PDT
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T Reader says:
Well, yes, I did read the book. I guess I should have said in my review that I got tired of slogging through the drivel and started skimming past the bad prose. Apparently there were some key facts hidden beneath all that extraneous fluff. So, yay, apparently the explanations are there. I'm not about to wade through the muck to confirm. And I guess I was so unimpressed by this book that I didn't remember the name. But if I am writing a review, I really should get the name right, so my apologies. The 3 star rating stands as there are much better books to spend time and money on.
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Damascus Chris says:
I'm going to agree with T Reader on this one. I planned on writing a review before I read his. Funny how we both had similar feelings about the book. In fact there were many things that bothered me. One being that when the killer was given the name "Beholder" by the news reporter, it seemed like everyone and I mean everyone was using the very next day. Pretty sure something like that would take time to catch on.
I also didn't think some of the characters were believable. The mother was especially annoying to me. It seemed that some of Maddie's conversations with the mother were just to fill up space. Especially when her mother tried to talk to her at 2 in the morning about some neighbor lady that won a lottery, which in fact she didn't. It seemed pointless and added nothing to the story. As T Reader said, the ending was abrupt and didn't explain much at all. If there is a book 2 in this series, I may give it another shot. This is a book I wanted to like but couldn't get past some things. It wasn't bad, so a 3 star rating sounds about right to me.
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