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The characters are EXTREMELY well written... Not only does the reader feel the depression and frustration of the husband, but also his fear. I personally found the wife so annoying I wanted to punch her in the face myself. THAT is great writing... making the reader connect and feel. My favorite part was when the husband did not want to take the baby home with him from the hospital-- his fear was evident! The story flows well and keeps the reader's interest.
The downside? There is no ending. As book 1 is free, the ending is then provided in book 2. By most standards, a "book" should stand on its own in a series. This cannot.
At first I was a little disenchanted with this type of marketing, and I have seen other reviewers bash authors for doing this. However, I have come to the realization that I have purchased many books in the past which left me disappointed. Even by such names as Danielle Steel and Dean Koontz, I have been disappointed after the purchase. The reader needs to take into consideration when reading this book that it is basically an extended free preview. Rather than getting the 15% normally provided by Amazon, the reader can read a significant portion of the story. As a reader, this is a great way to gauge whether you want to continue the story. Other comments were made saying "I don't mind paying for a story" and gave this book a low rating. My response is that i DO mind paying for a bad story---so now that I have gotten an in depth look at this author's writing style and flow, I can better determine whether I wish to purchase the second half, or his other books.
Thank you Mr. Wells for creating such an engaging and interesting story!
I got this for a discounted price or for free for my honest and unbiased opinion
Maybe even tried to kill you?
That's the premise of Baby Talk... and I love it. Maybe it's just because babies always seem a little creepy to me, anyway - watching you, speaking in a language only they understand, acting in ways that are incomprehensible to most folks - and I'm never quite sure what they're up to. Maybe it's because the book leaves you wondering how much of it's really happening and how much is mere coincidence backed up with a man who has every reason in the world to be having a nervous breakdown. Either way, I was deeply disturbed with this book... and that's a good thing.
The sequences involving the tennis trophy - and the added discussion of wartime uses for feces - made me cringe for all the right reasons, and Neal seems appropriately bonkers; an interesting start point and curiosity to see how Neal got there kept me reading, which earns the book high praise. The language and style are clear, concise and well-executed, and foreshadowing is used to good effect - especially the trip to the mini-mart. The secondary characters are well thought-out and executed - I've worked for more than one "Mr. Snell" in my time, and found him properly revolting and amusing - and Annie sums up every neurotic mother I've had the misfortune of meeting.
Honestly, the only real down side to me is the length; it stops on a cliffhanger and hasn't yet gotten us back to where the story began. I understand the device - and it must be working, since I always end up buying Book 2s and 3s and such - but it just annoys me that the current market trends seem to be in favor of selling "incomplete" books that were arbitrarily sliced into quarters or thirds. Might just be me, though... and like I said, it's certainly good enough to warrant a second purchases. Plus, if one buys both volumes, you're paying about what a paperback costs these days, anyway.
Overall, a solid and entertaining read, but over too quickly. Give it a rip if you like a dash of paranoia in your suspense, or if you're like me and find babies a trifle worrisome.