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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 14 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Careless in Red: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 12 (Hardcover)
I have stuck with Elizabeth George through thick and thicker (book thickness, that is) and I even quite enjoyed What Came Before he Shot Her. But unfortunately I started this one straight after Peter James' new one, and the contrast was painful. I lasted till p60 and then decided life was too short to plough through the remaining 470 pages when I didn't like any of the characters I'd met (including Lynley), wasn't interested in the murder victim, was irritated at the cloying Cornishness of everything including the outlandish names of every second character and had already spotted a couple of jarring unBritish uses of language. Sorry, this one is not for me.
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Initial post: 8 Mar 2010 14:50:41 GMT
If what you say is true, then it is like the proverb says, never judge a book by its cover. If you only got 60 pages in, you cannot give an accurate review. If you had gone another 12 pages, you would see that this review is unfair and unjust and ungodly. It would be like me making a snap decision about you just on how you cook toast. What you have read is not representative and therefore the review is ill-informed.

Good day!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2010 00:12:46 BDT
Urbangril21 says:
I think giving a book 60 pages before abandoning it is more than fair. Life is short, fiction of this kind is for enjoyment and not moral improvement, and I think it is well worth saying that even though I previously enjoyed the author's work, this one, to me (which is after all the point of reviews), represented a noticeable decline in the quality of her work. I don't abandon books after one page, or five, or ten. But 60? - well, I think that's more than reasonable. However, each to his/her own.
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