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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520683219
- Publication Date: February 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9HTF1R
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in a rather innocent time when sexual predators weren't termed as such and there was a lot more trust in each other, this gripping book tells of the reality of life that may not have been highlighted then. This book presents to you a ton of characters, all closely intertwined with one another. It may get a little difficult to keep up with them all though, and you could have to turn back a few times to know who the author is talking about.
Another issue is the typos, which means there should have been more stress put on editing. However, this still manages to be a great book. The highlight of author Tess Devlin's writing skill is the way the interactions between characters has been presented. You will actually be very compelled to find out who the killer is. And each time you start zeroing in on a suspect, Bam! there's something that gets you thinking otherwise. If you love mysteries, killers, and interesting characters, then this is a must buy book. And more so for the twist at the end that I bet you will never see coming. And neither did I!
On top of constant grammatical errors, the author doesn’t properly introduce characters or scenes and skips over entire sets of actions. Sure, you can fill in actions that get skipped over, but it is very jarring to have someone knock on a door and then be asked to sit down without ever having entered the room.
The grammar problems were very difficult to get through. There weren’t nearly enough commas or sentence breaks, leaving sentences long, rambling, and confusing. There were also several sentence fragments. Much of the punctuation fell outside of the quotation marks in dialogue. Words were used incorrectly (e.g., “unperceptively” instead of “imperceptibly”). Quotation marks and italics were applied far too liberally and with no real purpose and apostrophes were consistently used to pluralize names. In the middle of a sentence, tenses would suddenly change as in this example: “Only after carefully folding the letter, putting it in the envelope and wrote his name did it occurred to her...”.
Scenes and characters popped up out of nowhere, with no proper introduction. In addition, it’s written in third-person omniscient, but the author jumps in between points of view, often using only pronouns. This leaves readers unsure through whose eyes they’re looking. Scenes aren’t described well, either. I was unable to ever really feel I was in the story. This may have been due to grammatical mistakes jolting me out. However, I think it was more down to not getting any sense in the writing of what anything looked like. The whole book reads like a bad dreamscape, with points of view and scenes continually shifting, but never really coming into focus. While this sounds artistic, it just feels confusing.
The title is also misleading. I was led to believe that the neighborhood came together to find the killer. The neighborhood mostly gossiped about it while a small handful of people actually did any investigating. Nobody honestly seemed, during the story, to desire any kind of revenge.
All in all, I was very disappointed in this book, especially after all the rave reviews. The mystery is supposed to be who did it, not where you are and who is in the scene. I was expecting a “gripping”, “enthralling” crime novel with lots of intrigue and investigation and maybe some twists. I figured out who the killer was maybe halfway through.
A very well-built psychological thriller focused on sexual predators who target children and how there hardly was that notion mid-XX century. A story that portrays the chase that police and civilians take underway to arrest (or kill, whatever comes first) an assassin that is destroying a community’s innocence and sense of justice and belonging. There are some good twists and the characters have multiple layers, leaving a feeling of suspicion on everyone. Definitely, it’s a book I’m going to re-read soon and I’m going to keep an eye on this author.
It is a great book, but it could use some reviewing/editing regarding misspelled words and grammar issues. Hopefully, it will be better in newer editions.
I’m a fan of crime fiction, and some of the tropes of the genre really can stray quite some way into cliché and predictability, provided there’s enough that’s novel and — as the crucial keyword goes for this genre — “gripping”.
Devlin achieves this. While this story didn’t hold any suspense for me personally (I see it did for some other reviewers, so your mileage may vary), it did keep me engaged enough that I constantly wanted to know how each sequential situation would turn out, even in the cases where this was only to confirm the likely, often telegraphed, outcome.
In short, it’s an enjoyable and quite immersive read, even if it could stand a touch of editing and literary polish. I look forward to seeing Devlin's future efforts, as it's clear she has the creativity, talent, and gusto to go toe-to-toe with the best.
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