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Severed Relations: A Finn O'Brien Thriller (The Finn O'Brien Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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I had a hard time getting into this book. Nothing in the main character, Finn O’Brien, made me like him or hate him, want to see him succeed or see him fail. Readers want to feel something toward a character. They want to root for ones they like to become heroes and ones they hate to get their comeuppance. Indifference to a character’s fate is a sure-fire interest killer.
Many places in the book the characters were in one place (a yard, say) and in the next paragraph were in another (a bedroom, say) with no indication of them moving from one to the other. Every time Forster did it, it caused a ‘When did they go there?’ stumble in reading the story. The same happened in places where the dialog seems to leap from one topic to another with no transition, as if a line or two of dialog had been omitted.
Forster indulges in some purple prose. 'Dusk slid into home hard and it was dead dark in the Coulter stadium…' is one example. Prose should convey an image, not intrude on the reader’s mind.
Then there’s the victim’s mother’s hair going from ebony to grey overnight. Can’t happen. Hair is dead, the color fixed. The only ways the character’s black hair could have turned grey overnight is if all her black hairs fell out or with help from Clairol. Which raises the question: How many other things did the author get wrong?
This book isn’t a mystery, isn’t really about the murder of two children and their nanny. It’s the story of the emotions and reactions of Finn, his partner Cori, and the murdered children’s parents. And while the story has an ending, it has no resolution.
All this adds up to Forster trying too hard here to create characters and a milieu totally different from that of her Josie Bates novels. And it doesn’t work.
This book, too, is another example of Amazon being able to tell me how many pages are in a book but unable to number the same pages in the download. Come on, Amazon, it can’t be that difficult!
Apart from some spelling errors, was a good read with interesting characters and a good plot.
Look forward to the next one in this series.
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