- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Ashley Dufault (November 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998733008
- ISBN-13: 978-0998733005
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 7 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,050,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If I Let You Go Paperback – November 21, 2017
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"Haunting and suspenseful, If I Let You Go is an emotionally driven story about authority, rebellion, and humanity's center." - Foreword Reviews
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The rules of well-crafted writing exist for a reason: to make a story readable, so that the reader is hooked from page one, and stays hooked, unable to put a book down until The End. The first rule broken in this novel is Never Open With a Prologue. While this prologue was an attempt to introduce what may turn out to be an important character, I was unable to connect with the General, or feel any emotional resonance with him. The prologue here was pure info-dump, throwing all of the history of the downfall of the world-as-we-know-it at the reader, from a great distance. There was no attempt made to help the reader feel anything, whether sympathy, horror, or any other emotion. This prologue was a recitation of facts, which might have added to the sense of disruption felt if it was instead woven in bit by bit, as the story progressed, rather than dumped in all at once.
The lack of emotion continues throughout the next twenty pages. In fact, I can only speak to those twenty pages, because that is my cut-off. If a writer has not captured my attention in that span of time, I (metaphorically, in the case of an e-book) throw the book across the room and go clean litter boxes or mow the lawn. And this novel did not capture my attention. While there are some interesting elements to the story (no spoilers!), there was no emotional resonance built, or any real attempt at characterization. Events which should have built slowly, with a depth of emotion, reaction, character building, etc., was skimmed over - and through - far too quickly.
I cannot speak to the rest of the novel, because I "threw" it across the room. The author may have corrected her errors in another page or two, or twenty. But I simply don't have time to waste slogging through a poorly-crafted novel, no matter how intriguing the story itself may turn out to be. But I have to thank the author for the opportunity to read - for free - the beginning of her novel. I learn something from everything I read, and in this case I've learned that a self-published novel is self-published for a reason, in this case because it has not yet received the revision it needs to rise above first-draft status.
I was very pleasantly surprised!
Dufault is one of those authors who chooses her words carefully. And the plot of the book was well thought out, too. I described it as "Handmaid's Tale" meets "Wool"... a very solid first novel for Ashley Dufault, and a pleasure to read.