This review is from: A Simple Plan (Paperback)
Okay, overall this book is predictable. He kind of says at the end of one of the first few chapters that it's going to go wrong. There are some little things that didn't work - like the dog for instance. Why not give it to the pound? The RSPCA surely would've come along and done something!
Okay, the protagonist isn't a nice person which I don't care.
By Chapter 4, I got bored because the plot moves kind of slowly so I started skim reading. The climax was about half way in the book and after that things seemed choppier and more factual rather than having emotion. I'd say that Scott Smith's descriptive skills are exceptional but needless most of the time. I found myself jumping to the dialogue, as this was what drove the plot forward.
Things add up and work well and I find the story quite believeable but there were a couple of things they hadn't considered until nearly the end of the book and a couple of Hank's thoughts seemed needless just to add effect and create suspense which didn't actually give that intended effect. It's an okay book but I wasn't thrilled. I wasn't compelled to read it within a couple days. It took me over a week as I kept putting it off. When you really think about it, not much happened. The idea of the story is that this could happen to anyone and we would've all done the same in his situation. Even if you took the money in the first place, there was a limit where you would've stopped killing. I know that mid way through the book most of you out there would've definitely thrown in the towel.
Smith's good at manipulating the reader into liking some characters and not others. Technically he's good, but there's not much really going on in the story. I like a lot of factors thrown in along the way which would be completely unpredictable but nothing ever surprised me.