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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I think the most disturbing thing is that the reading level is so low, but the content includes sex scenes. If you're writing YA historical fiction, that's fine! Cool! Do that! Do not include graphic sexual content, though.
I got this book for $0 when there was a deal on during July 2016. The premise oversold and the book under-delivered.
Thank you, Mr. Stolle, for a good read.
This is a long story that spans a year or so in the character's life, the span of time was not explained very well and added confusion to the story. The jump between characters to show what each had been doing during a specific time was also confusing. It has action moments, dialog moments, and a lot of rambling (fluff?). The concept is good, but there are grammar errors, dropped words, and strange little insights into very minor characters that, I feel, detract from the story. Sometimes words are repeatedly used (really, almost, etc.), and the author uses modern words and phrases. There are at least 4 characters with the same name (Jean),--I know the story is based in France, but could we have a Luc? Every time a doctor is called to visit a sick person, the whole "black crow" thing is delved into *AGAIN*. I think the story was in 3rd person, but there were times, within the same chapter even, where it seemed to jump from character to character. I found myself mentally editing and re-writing the sentences to be more concise. Lastly, for all the secrecy surrounding the main character's goal, the characters made life-long friends,and spilled the story to them, with shocking frequency. The author wrote a lot of backstory, instead of writing better dialog and letting the characters reveal and tell the story. Sex happened--at least for every bar girl or maid--it was alluded to but not explicitly detailed. The book ended abruptly with a secondary character instead of the main character. (Spoiler?)We never know if the main character ever asks for permission to marry the girl or if they wimp out and elope or live in sin or whatever--since that was one of the main story lines, it should have reached a concrete conclusion.