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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I've never wanted to smack some sense into someone as much as I wanted with this MC. She was beyond stupid and naive. I know there are real women who react very differently to extreme situations, but to not react at all? All because her kidnapper was handsome??? This story was utterly disappointing. I can understand Stockholm Syndrome. It can be done well. I was hoping for so much better. But this girl decided to completely look past the fact that these people wanted to kill her all because the guy was attractive. I mean absolutely no reaction other than she loved him too much to believe it. It was ridiculous. I couldn't relate in the tiniest way.
The characters were flat and I didn't see the slightest reason she should be in love. I cry easily but there was no emotion in the story. It wasn't very well written. It did more telling than showing. There were more instances of "was" than I had breath, and there were a lot of errors.
I won't give away the ending but even that fell flat and was unbelievable. Overall, the story was far-reaching, and unbelievable. I won't be reading more.
I have no fault with the writing or story premise, but the juvenile nature of the "romance" and simplistic view of the life of a drug lord, described at one point as one of the most powerful in the country, is almost laughable.
Here we have a 26 year old drug lord who is barely able to make eye contact with the woman he supposedly loves and blushes repeatedly.
While motorcycle romances are almost too gritty in their reality (how could anyone love a man this bad), the characters in this are overly sanitized. Even the love scene has been washed over.
I finished the book, but won`t bother finding out what happens in the sequel.
I thought the premise was excellent and I was really excited to read the book, however, I found the overall execution of the story somewhat lacking. This book had suspense and definitely brought surprises, but frankly, I was bored. It was very ambitious of the author to make Cameron into the biggest drug lord/gang leader in all of the US, and I have to admit when they were talking about "offshore" bank accounts, I chuckled a bit at the ridiculousness of it. Cameron's character portrayal just didn't match up to that level of drama; I didn't think of him as a tough guy at all. To be believable, I think he needed to be a bit more alpha, a bit more aggressive.
As for the romance in the book, I felt the connection between Cameron and Emily in the beginning, but when over half of the book had gone by without even a kiss, much of the intensity was lost. Cameron was so standoffish and chaste with Emily, looking away when she undressed, pulling away when she kissed him. It was hard to connect him to the tough drug lord/gang leader that he was supposed to be. I felt like there needed to be more to their relationship before they started proclaiming their love for one another. It's not that I didn't believe they could have those feelings, it's just that the build up to those feelings was missing.
I am a bit befuddled by all the high praise this novel is receiving. Did they read the same book as me?
Emily is a rich girl who decides to live in a run down neighborhood to be near her dead brother's grave. Due to a series of unfortunate events Emily finds herself held "captive" by handsome young crime lord, Cameron.
So I found it difficult to like the main character. To me Emily seemed to naive to be alive in this time of age. She asked so many stupid questions. I agreed with the other characters who labelled her to be exhausting. Being in her head was exhausting. Maybe I'm just over assuming that everyone watches movies or at least listen to rap music. I mean come one. Get a clue chic!
The atmosphere of the novel was really dark. The only light moments were from Rocco's comedic relief. When he wasn't present the mood darkened once again. Still, for a novel based in a gang environment there wasn't as much violence as I expected. It was pretty mild. Also I didn't like how the author rushed through certain things. Plus the prologue did not connect with any part of the novel. I guess I am to assume that the prologue happens months after Emily's experience. It could have just been the epilogue part two. Just saying...
Speaking of the epilogue, I hated the ending. Everything is all messed up and based on a really extravagant lie. I won't be surprised if Emily ends up killing innocent people for no reason. Thanks a lot author. Now I have to read the sequel to see what happens. But why is there no sequel yet anyway?
I give Three and 1/2 Stars