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this book defies the rules of story telling,
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I am a HUGE fan of Deaver. I pre-ordered this book. I saved it for a flight. And I left it on the plane. But that's just me. I think some people MIGHT like this- but you have to face the giant hurdle of starting afresh with each chapter. In a word- it messes with the basic idea of a story- 'what comes next?'. When it's changed into 'what came before' we're in a different zone- and one I, for one, hated. I am only writing this because if you loved lincoln rhyme and the masterful bodies left behind this is VERY different. Think Virginia Woolf meets James Patterson. A story is helped by surprise but is NOT made of them. It's like having a burger with no bun and salad etc. The basis of a story is unpacking to the full a promising premise. 2 or 3 surprises are enough. Too many and we suspect everything and it loses all credibility.
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2014 11:17:50 GMT
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer. I got 2/3 through the book before I gave up. I put it in the recycle skip. Normally I would give books I have finished with to a charity shop, but I wouldn't inflict this one on anyone. I thought about starting again, from chapter one, but frankly found I didn't care about how the plot developed in either direction. Neither the characters nor the plot had grabbed me.
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