Mad Max: Unintended Consequences Kindle Edition
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Mad Max: Unintended Consequences
Reviewed by Wayne L. White
Betsy Ashton's first novel portends well for her budding career as an author. From the start, Ms. Ashton engages the reader in the upper-class New York Sac's Fifth Avenue world of grandmothers who take pleasure in their station in life and the money that supports their material desires. But life has another role for Maxine Davies. An automobile accident puts her daughter Merry in the hospital with serious injuries and Max rushes to Richmond, Virginia and her daughter's bedside where she takes over her daughter's role in raising her two grandchildren, Emilie and Alex. A son-in-law whose work keeps him away from home for protracted periods complicates matters and Max immediately finds herself the sole caretaker of her precocious grandchildren―not so demanding, but ties Max to Richmond while she yearns for her friends and the concrete canyons of New York.
When Merry is finally released from the hospital, she is mentally incapable of tending to the needs of her children, leaving it all to Max who clearly states that she's done enough child raising for one lifetime. Meanwhile, Merry has developed a relationship with a plastic surgeon who has a mesmerizing hold on his patient and has taken control of Merry's life and decisions.
The delicious plot thickens at this point and I won't be a spoiler. But as I mentioned to Betsy, "My Kindle is about to explode. Someone is going to die!" Max and her grandchildren suddenly become the hunted and the hunters. You won't put it down, so don't plan to read it to calm your mind before sleep.
From a population of well-developed characters to the scenic background of New York and Richmond to the world of grandchildren with special abilities, Ms. Ashton adorns each passage with page-turning urgency. Mad Max: Unintended Consequences not only satisfies, but leaves the reader impatiently waiting for the next chapter in the life of five-star Mad Max.
Early in the story Merry suffered a horrific traffic accident that debilitated her, damaged her already mostly long-distance marriage, and altered her personality. When MM stayed to help out, her friends urged her to seize this second chance with her daughter as an opportunity to heal old wounds. I kept waiting for this to happen, but in spite of her friends' repeated urging, MM seemed incapable of the personal growth necessary to become a compassionate mother. I felt sorry for Merry as MM couldn't rise to the occasion of all a second chance required. "Tough love" didn't work out well for MM, though she did grow personally in her other relationships.
While with her daughter's family, a tragic crime occurred, provoking MM, her grandchildren, and her son-in-law to band together to solve the grisly mystery. The story kept me turning the pages to see if they could save the day. Each layer of the conundrum revealed deeper abnormal psychological layers behind the crime. Breathlessly, I moved quickly through the novel - first hoping for mother-daughter reconciliation, recovering from my dashed hopes in that area, and then rooting for MM and her team to solve the mystery! There was no disappointment here!
At the sentence and paragraph level the writing is tight, and well done. Clearly the author knows how to write a nice clean line. The book is clean of any irritating errors and typos. The story concept about a kick-ass granny who has to come in and help out when her adult child is in crisis is a good concept - and is a great place in today's world with mature women coming into their own.
And, over all, it's absolutely not worth your time reading.
Before I go on about why this is so, I want to say, I don't know the author, but her bio sounds like she is a fine person - works hard in her craft helping others. I can't imagine why then, all of those other authors she works with allowed her to put out such a badly constructed book.
The main person, a rich, spoiled, charity attending, ballet going, expensive lunch eating, self centered - you may have guessed, there isn't really any reason to like this woman. Sure, she lost her husband and raised her kids, but obviously with a silver spoon - obviously because she is the chair of a rich corporation - um how did that happen? We never know. Sure, her daughter has had a bad accident and might die - and granny is pissed because she might have to spend more than a weekend helping out. What's to like?
I digress in story details; the point is, there isn't anyone to rally behind. Yes, the grandkids are okay. The grandson is a borderline brat, and there is nothing about him to particularly like. The son-in-law? About as exciting as yesterdays oatmeal. The granddaughter is struggling but she is only an interesting secondary character. There is a hint that she may be "special" but if she is, it is only barely hinted at for over the first 150 pages - and that is far to long for the reader to hope that something interesting will develop.
The injured adult daughter is in trouble and needs help - but we the readers are put off by her whining, drinking, self centered "I love me, and only me, and always have, and always will" attitude. Nobody there to root for. She's not the antagonist, but a whinny secondary character.
The antagonist is an over the top, paper thin, one and a half dimensional jerk that doesn't even show up for the first 30% of the book. Way to late and reads like an afterthought.
Sometimes I've found a book with non-plausible events, poorly built plots, unbelievable characters, but with great pacing that kept me interested. Here, the pacing at the scene level is pretty good at places (often missing in new author's works) - so kudos on pretty good pacing, at the scene level. But it doesn't hold up at the book level. Not at all. About 20% in, the whole story begins to drag and no matter what is happening at the scene level, the book is just a plane boring repetition of what has already been established: Everyone is self centered.
I struggled trying hard to like this book. I really liked the cool granny idea - after 166 pages at 60% I gave up and came here to warn you, my fellow readers, go elsewhere with your precious reading time.
Now, because there are a lot of other reviews, many of them glowing, Also, there are better written critical reviews so I don't expect this to be read by many readers. However, I hope it is read by the author. If you are the author, please take my acerbic attitude with a grain of salt and sift through this review for the relevant information. Perhaps, you can have a friend do the sifting for you, and put it in a factual structure that won't hurt so much but will point out the flaws in your manuscript. Look at those flaws and ask, is there any way this book is guilty of them? If you agree, then look at how you can avoid repeating those flaws in the next book. As I said in the beginning, the writing is fine, good. The craft of story telling and book building needs serious work - the good news is those are things that are immanently learn-able - if the author has an open mind and wants to learn.
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