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Most of the novel's suspense comes from the multiple levels of antagonists involved in the pedophile ring, as well as a few surprises at the end for anyone who doesn't read carefully to pick up the clues. The beginning might strike some readers as a little slow--almost with the tone of an educational novel as Abby, a reporter who has written articles about pedophilia and pedophiles, educates her friend Fran about this dark side of their community--but after the first few chapters, the story clips along at a good pace.
One thing I like about "Child's Play" is the generally positive portrayal of police, FBI, and naval investigators as professionals. There are a few details that strain credulity, though, such as having the sheriff admit Abby to an active crime scene. Also, it's too coincidental for her gut feelings to turn out to be correct all the time, either putting her one step ahead of the investigators or carrying her into danger that she gets out of by dropping her "everywoman" character and temporarily acting like an action hero.
Despite these occasional character shifts, the individuals who inhabit these pages are more realistic than not. Abby has her good points and her bad points, as do most of the others, even the secondary characters; there are only a few who are flat.Read more ›
I did receive a complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a review.
I found some of the scenes to be on the sit-com level, wanting to shake my head and say "Really? Is this supposed to be serious or am I supposed to laugh?" I realize that the book is for entertainment, but unrealistic behavior of the characters makes me lose interest. Throughout the book I felt it was juvenile writing, despite the subject matter.
There were several misspellings throughout the book, which gave me the impression of the author's carelessness, particularly "Yule Brenner" -- how disrespectful to not check the correct spelling of a famous person's name!
Ms. Wallis has potential and hopefully will grow as an author with each future book.
I did receive a complimentary copy for review.
This is a hard to put down story about a subject that makes us all cringe, pedophiles. Wallis does a great job bringing the characters to life. The book is a continuation of Sweet dreams and Flying Machines, but even if you haven't read the first book, you get involved right away. Great find of an author I had not read before.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookRooster.com reviewer through Amazon.)
The book is free of glaring grammar and punctuation errors, so you don't have to worry about those types of problems interfering with your enjoyment of the novel.
I thing the book could have been a little better written. There were times that some of the descriptions were so over-the-top that I was pushed out of the story rather than drawn in. Also, I have to mention that everyone seems to clench their fists a LOT in the book, to the point that it became a distraction for me.
Without revealing any spoilers, I'd also like to add that there were a couple of times when I had to sit back and say "Would anyone really do this?" While it never reached the point of being completely unbelievable, there were times that the plot strained credulity.
This book stands alone well. I haven't read the first in the series, and I didn't feel lost or confused reading this one. I think the author does a good job of telling you enough back story to fill in the blanks without making it boring.
Overall, I think the book is definitely worth the time to read it. While some things could have been done better, none were a deal breaker for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because while I felt it was a good story it was predictable. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Janet Thompson
Child's Play deals with the selling and exploitation and selling of young boys to pedophiles. With that said, journalist Abby Weaver's son resembles two boys that disappeared and... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by grumpydan
I received a free copy of this book for review and must say that it is one of the better books I have read recently. Ms. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Basil Sands
I read the first book "Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines" when it first came out and I could not put it down. All that I looked for in a book and more. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by lfox
I received a free copy of this book to review and I'm glad I did! This book kept me riveted from the beginning. As a mother, the motivation of the protagonist was understandable. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by mlshands
This book overall was a decent read. The subject matter and some of the subplots within this book, namely the sexual exploitation of young boys by pedophiles, were very disturbing. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by James Mathis