THE GRAVE: An intense, gripping crime thriller Kindle Edition
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2. TOO MUCH GRAPHIC VIOLENCE: I skipped the worst of it, especially the most horrific scene with Sylvie. The discerning writer realizes that some details are better off unwritten. A tale can be "intense and gripping" without going for the gore, actually even more suspenseful without it in the hands of a skillful craftsman.
3 TOO MUCH. UNBELIEVABILITY: ( not the best word, but I need a noun for consistency) As in the incredible escape artistry of Sylvie and the TERRIBLE ending, and I am not referring to the fact that it wasn't an especially happy one, but that it made no sense! SPOILER ALERT: How did the guy go from no memory whatsoever of Sylvie to sacrificing himself for her? If we are to believe the author, he had the clarity of mind to feign non-recognition for her sake shortly after he even knew she existed. All of those thoughts of love for Marie were presented to the reader as his actual thoughts. When did it dawn on him that he also loved Sylvie? We are simply not given adequate information to support this ending as a plausible one.
Adherence to the most basic rules of grammar, such as a period at the end of a sentence.
After being chased by an omnipotent, omniscient, evil drug cartel for the whole story, we are to assume that the cartel will also have amnesia about everything that made them chase the hero in the first place. So the hero gets an amnesia "do over" like The Edge of Tomorrow trick. This is irrational and ridiculous, a sign that the author got painted into a corner and couldn't come up with a way out.
I won't be reading anything more from this author.
I read this book based on all the rave reviews on the "cover" - About This Book for the Kindle edition.
This is a thriller, no doubt about that. The one thriller I should read above all others? Well, I am 88% of the way through the book, and am going to plow through, hoping it gets better. If I had known the protagonist was going to cry all the way through the book, frankly I wouldn't have started it.
I understand she's a young girl who is out of her league. A lot has happened to her in a very short time. I get that. However, I learned long ago crying never helps any situation and in fact keeps the person in a state of victim hood. That being said at this point in the book, I do hope that's going to change.
After I wrote the above, Sylvie's sense of victim hood immediately increased. I can only hope she pulls up her big girl panties and stops.
Now that I have complained about Sylvie, if a reader is not familiar with British slang, get yourself a British slang dictionary. I can read this with enjoyment (despite Sylvie's crying) because I did that years ago. I recommend this for any reader - a British reader reading an American book or vice versa. It helps tremendously.
This book just did not get better. I hope this is the first of a series, as it ended poorly. If there is another, please be aware this would be considered a cliff hanger. But I won't waste my time reading another.
I don't think I have ever given a book a lower than a four star rating. I understand how hard it is to write, and usually give a star for the effort. Sadly, I feel justified in this rating.
There are obviously others who disagree with me, and would hate books I love. This is my opinion only.
Sylvie meets Mason at a bar and has heard tales that he's loaded so she throws herself at him in hopes of getting at least some of his money, but as he takes her to his place in the woods fear wraps its talons around her. He lives so far away from town and no neighborsors.
Mason knows that Sylvie is a small time whore and although he hasn't been with a woman in years he finally breaks down and takes Sylvie to his place.
What is meant to be a one night stand for both of them quickly escalates into a horror that neither one of them are equipped to handle.
Just when you think you know everything Diane M. Dickson throws a major curve ball that will leave you hanging by your nails and quickly turning the pages as fast as you can read!
This is a must read for all who love to read a thrilling non stop action book. Be prepared for the wildest rollercoaster ride of your life!