Potholes Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01M9EEQ2J
- Publisher : J.Alana Giresi; 2nd edition (January 7, 2017)
- Publication date : January 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1983 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 174 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1539325199
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,656,995 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is a fast paced, short, fun read. I had a blast and from the moment I opened it up on my Kindle app to the moment I finished the last word. I couldn't put it down! There is a terrific twist at the end, which is foreshadowed beautifully throughout the story.
While the story deals with a serious, and even frightening subject, There are moments of levity, including a few lines of laugh-out-loud hilarity. The romantic elements are loving and even a little steamy, which was a fun little surprise I didn't expect.
This book really made my night. I'm so glad I took the plunge and decided to read it on a whim, and I'm sure YOU will to!
It’s a good hook, a bizarre situation with touches of black humour that lead the reader to expect the kind of story where ordinary characters get caught up in extraordinary, often violent, situations, reminiscent of scenes from ‘Dexter’ or ‘Breaking Bad’. Jill’s imagination goes into comic overdrive, imagining her arrest and ‘then the sentencing. Prison. Orange jumpsuits. My life: over. Me: someone’s bitch. Done. “Oh, God!” I whined.’ As Jill freaks out, various characters are brought in to help: best friend Karen, whose solution to every problem is ‘more vodka’, Uncle Carlo, who turns out to have Mob connexions and finally persuades his niece that his radical solution is the only solution, and later on, a handsome hero from the past who Jill falls inconveniently in love with.
The events leading up to the murder–a terrifying road rage incident which spirals out of control–are attention grabbing and vividly described. But after this promising beginning I found my mind wandering. There were minor visual annoyances (jumpy text layout, where a couple of chapters appeared to end in mid-air only to resume on the following page, etc.) but the major drawbacks were to do with style and pacing. The changes between first and second person narrator (I/you), and past to present tense and back again (which, on reading the ending, may have been done deliberately) were distracting. There were odd turns of phrase: ‘She’s dressed in a cheap off-the-rack power suit, but she thinks who the hell she is’ and "As George pulled the trunk out of the house, my eyes watched it leave." The entire middle section was over-repetitive, with Jill constantly re-hashing her moral dilemma, and superfluous narrative/descriptive details, as in the developing romance between herself and George:
‘We walked out to his truck and he opened the passenger side door for me. As I got in, I reached over and unlocked the other side for him as he got in’. On the next page ‘…he got out of the truck…came around to the other side and opened the door for me. Gently taking my hand, he helped me out of the truck…’ A few pages later: ‘He came over to my passenger side and opened the door for me. Taking my hand he helped me out.’
All in all a good beginning and a surprise twist at the end where the rhythm picked up again but I felt the novella as a whole needed a good bit of pruning and tightening up in order to maintain the dramatic tension throughout.
Previously she swerved to miss a pothole and cut off a guy she calls Blondie. Jill shot him when he was coming after her after the road rage incident which escalated to harassment and threats. Jill reported these incidents to the police, but they did nothing. Now that Jill murdered him, she focuses on disposing of the body and phones her friend Karen.
Karen reminds Jill that she shot him on the porch, not inside her house. Karen brings a bottle of vodka over to take the edge off. She grins which is disturbing and confesses she’s handled this type of thing before. Jill phones her uncle and other friends who give advice, but George, an old high school friend, disposes of the body and is later blamed. George is sentenced to jail. Jill feels great remorse, and also recognizes her love for George.
As a reviewer I don’t want to spoil the ending which will come as a pleasant surprise. If it weren’t for this late spoof, I would not have cared for Jill. As it turned out, she’s cute. The first paragraph in each chapter is double-spaced, and then is single spaced.
An interesting idea, well executed.
An average divorcee with a young son shoots a young man who has been stalking her. Confused and upset she calls her friend and family who pursuade her to dispose of the body rather than report the incident to the police. There is a great twist to the story, which I did start to suspect about 2/3rds of the way through the book.
The events leading up to the shooting and Jill's dilema in the immediate aftermath were for me the best part of the story. The pace was punchy and I was intrigued to learn where the story was heading. I felt the pace slowed through the mid-section where Jill falls in love with George, the old school friend who at her uncle's request buried the body. This might simply be because I'm not a fan of romance but my interest wavered at this point in the story. I did however enjoy the twist at the end.
Well-written throughout with some light touches of humour this is a quick, entertaining and easy read.