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3.0 out of 5 stars A thriller, not very thrilling., June 30, 2012
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This review is from: First Family (Hardcover)
Being an Australian, I tend to notice when a book I read has American spelling, and I dislike the frequent use of 'gotten' which makes me cringe, though I know it's common in the US. I have not rated 'First Family' as mediocre because of that, but because it was a thriller that failed to thrill. (I picked it up second-hand at a school fete at a tiny town in Australia.)
The biggest problem with this book, I think, is poor characterisation. If the reader doesn't care about the characters, it does not hold any excitement.
There was a sub-plot concerning Michelle - something to do with her past. Yet even after reading the whole book, I was not quite clear on exactly what it was all about. She said herself that it was 'all she needed to know,' but maybe it's that the author could not be bothered explaining the exact circumstances, and left it to the reader to infer what they chose. If so, it would have been better left out entirely.
I did read it all, but it took a while, and I know I would not have persevered with it if I'd been trying to read it as an ebook. So 3 stars - mediocre.
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Initial post: Jun 10, 2013, 2:01:17 PM PDT
The sub plot with Michelle was explained in the prior book of the series "Simple genius". You would have GOTTEN the reference had you read it. ;)
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