- File Size: 328 KB
- Print Length: 171 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076BWR2PZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Little Girl Lost: A Riveting Kidnapping Mystery- Book 2 Kindle Edition
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Because of the three-volume serialization format, the structure is disjointed and the foreshadowing doesn’t support the conclusions. Farfetched happenstances, such as a civilian stealing a police cruiser and impersonating an officer at a police station without suspicion, deflect from the climax. The authority characters come across as inept caricatures. It’s implausible that local authorities would fail to link missing teenage girls with common victimology who disappeared from a small geographic circle. Information dumps drag the pace and introductions to new characters aren’t set up in previous installments. For example, a CIA operative pops up and it turns out she is a family member of a secondary character, although that character never mentioned having family. It feels like an afterthought, written in at the last moment to support a conclusion that Clarke neglected to plot in the first two books.
The protagonist and antagonist have clear motivation, but the motivation of secondary characters, such as Mac, is unclear. Bridget’s friendship with the local police officer moves at an unnatural rate, which makes the unprofessional risks that Mac takes with her career confusing. Bridget’s appalling behaviour toward her foster parents and pregnant best friend reduces reader sympathy toward the protagonist, and the abrupt resolution to those interpersonal relationships doesn’t make psychological sense for the supporting characters.
The setting descriptions are solid, and the sense of atmosphere supports the action scenes. But the separation of the three parts results in a fragmented flow that spoils any suspense. This final installment does provide a satisfactory resolution to the story and character arcs, assuming that you read all three sequentially, suffer the redundancies, and ignore the structural flaws and execution.
Combining these three books into a full-length novel, cutting superfluous backstory, setting up the revelations, and following a traditional thriller structure would have been a better literary option than adopting an archaic three-volume serialization format that frustrates readers.
*** PROFANITIES ***
Although there’s only one or two f-words the language used does accurately reflect that spoken by many teens and young adults these days. Truth be told, the gang I hung around with during the sixties were much like these.
BELIEVABILITY This could easily be a true story.
CLIFFHANGER? There is no cliffhanger in this volume, but you’ll definitely want to read books 0 and 1 first.
I’ve chosen not to post any excerpts from book 2, since I did excerpt fairly heavily in my review of book 0. You can read my review there to gain an insight into this excellent writer’s smooth style.
Five stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
A couple of things bothered me.
There were no breaks between scenes. It interrupted my thoughts to look back.
The Point of View changed constantly. Not a good idea.