5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Decidedly below expectations,
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This review is from: Shatter (Hardcover)
A compulsively readable book that, when I finished it, left me thoroughly disappointed. The horrific mental and physical violence that is at the heart of the book is entirely gratuitous, by which I mean that while it is obviously integral to the plot, I could not escape the feeling that it was there just to attract grisly attention and to sell books, not because it made any real sense. It is not that extreme violence can always be explained, but in this book there seems to be an effort made to explain it that is completely lame. There is simply no connection between what is happening and what the perpetrator is ostensibly after. As another reviewer has pointed out, this is not a book for anyone with a weak stomach or an active imagination, but even more hardened readers may find the use of violence such a transparent device that it will turn them off. Further, not only did I find the central method used by the villain to be completely unbelievable (even though it could give one nightmares), I also found many of the settings equally far-fetched. Finally, for me at least, the resolution was totally unbelievable; it too seemed artificial. Having enjoyed one of the author's previous books, I am sorry that this one just didn't come up to the mark.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2010 11:49:35 AM PDT
How can you rate a book that is "compulsively readable" as one-star?
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