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- File size : 2399 KB
- Publication date : May 12, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 524 pages
- Publisher : Sterling & Stone (May 12, 2015)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00WTOM6G6
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #229,135 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are also the side characters – the victims – who we begin to learn and care about. The book is written in such a way that you hope they are not one of the victims at the end. The writers really devoted a lot of time to character development, and it shows in how well you feel for each of the characters.
The book begins with the tragedy, and then the clock rewinds to 12 hours earlier, and goes hour by hour leading up to where it all ‘started’, or ended as the case may be. The whole time, you’re thinking – Oh, I bet its this guy who did it. Then you think “No, maybe its this guy, he’s really coming unhinged”.
Ultimately, I think this book has a message. Everyone we meet is going through something. Most of us can handle it without resorting to violence, but there are those who just seem to crack, and lose their sense of clear thinking. I think the message of this book is that we need to be more aware of others, take more of an interest in them, take the time to listen to them, not just hear them. I think that Platt and Wright are trying to show us that we can all make a difference, if we’re not afraid to act. If we just have the guts to stand up and say “Hey, that’s not right” when we see something offensive happen. Not just turn the other way and think “That’s none of my business”. Society has lost its support system and we’re all out here floundering on our own, wondering if we’re doing the right thing – this isn’t how its meant to be. We’re meant to be connected – and not through Facebook or instagram or any other technology (Though it does have its place), but person to person, flesh to flesh. That’s what I took away from this book.
There were two things I thought were particularly good. Firstly, the ending. I won't say to much about it because I don't want to spoil anything but the pacing was excellent and it was a good payoff for the rest of the book.
The other thing that stood out was the way each character's personality and background coloured their interpretation of events. The idea that two people can experience the same things completely differently showed up throughout the book and was handled very well.
The book may look like murder porn, but the actual violence is pretty short and while it’s not rated PG, it’s also not overly, disgustingly detailed. It’s almost more like character studies, set in extremis. All the characters have significant stressors, and some extremely so. While not everything works out the way I would have wanted, the authors do a good job of evoking the almost random connections that lead to someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Pacing is where a lot of authors founder and here the pacing is excellent. I read the whole book in one sitting as it took my interest and steadily ratcheted up the tension. The settings are well-drawn too.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. Not everyone I wanted to survive did; not everyone I wanted to die did. Hey, that’s life, right?
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When I started it, knowing it was featuring 12 differing characters, I expected to struggle and get confused with them but didn't at all. They're all very different. I really liked Tim and Corinne and Maggie. How they all intermingle was very well done and I enjoyed the epilogue and learning what happened in the aftermath as well.
I did roll my eyes at a psychotherapist's name-Craig Strong-and hoped they weren't going to give it a comedic element but thankfully that soon passed. There were some funny asides and remarks, don't get me wrong, but nothing as daft as his name after that was mentioned. There is a lot of bad language so if you're a little delicate I'd pass.....but people do talk like this so I never really understand the aversion myself. There are also some very touching little moments in it and a couple of sniffy instances for me as well. It gets really suspense-filled the closer we get to the actual crime being committed because by then you're invested in the nicer characters and don't want to see them finished off or turn out to be the perpetrator, either !!
They did do that horrible American thing of writing creeped and not crept, wrote Nick and not Abe at one point, suspicions not suspicious, complimented not complemented, wailed not whaled, affect not effect and here not hear....THEN in the space of a couple of sentences a character was called Vinny and then Vinnie !
There were odd apostrophe mistakes which were irritating as a lot of the time they got it right, so DO know the difference, so I shouldn't have seen any, there were odd words not needed in sentences and then at other times words were missing
This sentence meant nothing to me, "I might could get it" and neither did "...when he usually avoided eye contact, which him seem shy"......I mean, HOW did these get through any sort of editing process ?? It just made it look sloppy and sadly spoilt it for me. If it wasn't for the ridiculous errors it would've easily been a 5* read.
12 is just such a book, it has characters I could believe in, a story line that built up slowly, leaving me unable to put it down.
Now I am getting older, I tend to not like books with many characters, because if I break off reading, I forget who is who. With 12, the characters were so well crafted that I could remember everyone. A Big Well Done to the co-authors.
I have been a reader of Platt and Wright's work since 2013 with their Yesterday's Gone series, which I haven't finished, but am enjoying. I also enjoy their short stories. This is not their first standalone novel I've read (though Axis of Aaron is Platt and Truant - still coming from the same camp) but the more of their standalone stuff I read, the more I'm impressed.
12 is a gripping story that's really well written with convincing dialogue. Crazy characters and crazy plot twists that all lead up to satisfying convergence at the end of the book. Hooked by the end of the second chapter, it was a rollercoaster of a read. Highly recommended!
I must admit I was a little uncertain how a book with so many viewpoints would turn out and whether I'd be able to keep all the main characters apart but I didn't have any issues at all. All the characters felt so real, so different, that I ended up sucked in from the beginning of the book and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
It's a dark book, so not for the faint of heart, but it didn't feel gratuitous to me, just real.