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Due to the explosion of self published, low cost ebooks my reading has moved in two directions.
1. I now look for new authors as much as those I already trust.
2. I have broken the habit of finishing every book I start.
I stopped reading this book on the first page. Yes, the first page. It set a record for me as the earliest I've given up on a new author.
Why the strong negative response? The opening lines are choppy with no flow, They sound the same - blat, blaaat, blat, blat, blat. Everything is written in the passive voice. For example the first five sentences all start with "was" My nose was..., It was .... , My down comforter was .... , I was ..., It was ... Those are the real sentence starters of the FIRST sentences of the FIRST paragraph of the FIRST chapter where the reader is supposed to be completely caught up.
The second line is a simile which is constructed in a way that I didn't recognize it as a simile and thought it was an actual description which was at odds with the rest of the setting. I didn't understand what it was until discussing this book with my spouse did it come clear what it was. Who wants to work that hard in the opening paragraph of a book?
After reading the first page I thought of the old adage, "If you can't be a good example, then be a horrible warning." I would use this opening page as a horrible warning to new authors of what not to do.
Why two stars when the writing deserves only one? The second star is on the potential of a great story which I didn't get to. The other reviewers before me pointed out how much they enjoyed the story - I just couldn't get there.
Ms. Miller, I am sorry for this strongly worded negative review of your first book. I applaud your hard work in creating your first book, and your courage in making it public. However, at this early stage of your career as an author, I urge you to spend as much time learning the craft of writing as you do in actual writing. It must seem like an overwhelming task, but the quality of your work will reflect every effort you make in learning how to write better. If my review here, angers you, or hurts your feelings, that is not my intent. My intent is to warn other readers of a poorly written book. An additional outcome is strong feedback to you the author. Like most avid readers, I make judgments on the author's writing as well as the individual book. This book has cost you a fan.
Hush introduces us to Dezeray Jackson, a private investigator working in the Omaha, Nebraska area. There is a cold-case involving the death of a young girl. Jackson becomes involved at the request of a college student, criminal justice major, who is interning with a cold-case unit within the police department.
The author does a nice job of interweaving the main case with a case involving the murder of Jackson’s sister from several years ago.
The plot is complicated but the writing concise and well developed making it simple to follow the story yet adding the right amount of twists and turns to the plot. The use of colorful language adds to the character development, painting a clear picture of Jackson and the people she encounters.
The book is part of a series, so the story doesn’t come to a complete end. I often find these type of ending a bit disappointing but in this case it is handled well and leaves the reader satisfied with the book.
I found the book to be entertaining, interesting, and well- written. A good addition to anyone’s library.
I mainly read thriller/suspense/mysteries, expecting three things within the pages: true to life scenarios―with some suspension of disbelief expected―unanticipated twists and turns, and finally, a plot that challenges my mind as I read. Kori D. Miller’s HUSH accomplished all three, and I can honestly say it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to find that inside recently read books.
The book centers around Dezeray Jackson, a private investigator who is a strong, stubborn, and a take no BS kind of woman. As she takes on a pro bono case for Tamara Steele involving a cold case, something from her own past resurfaces. To further complicate matters, not only does she have to deal with Patrick Murphy, an ex-boyfriend also reemerging after a long absence, but as well as issues with her current, Scott James. She is well developed and relatable. The supporting characters were also relatable, fit their roles, and are well fleshed out.
The plot is highly original and upon reading the first chapter, I was immediately captivated. The author masterfully draws you into each scene with highly descriptive setups, and I was able to easily envision the surroundings as though I was there. The pages seemed like they turned themselves. This doesn’t happen often, however, I found myself aggravated when I had to put it down.
Think you have things figured out? Are you certain? Think again. Something will come up, forcing you to second-guess yourself. The editing, set up, and execution, thank the Gods, is fantastic―which seems to be rare lately―and was a breath of fresh air.
There was only one thing disappointing within the book―and that was when I found myself on the last page and wanting more! Can’t wait for book 2 in the series.
In my opinion, give this book a read. You won't regret it.
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