Not Dead Yet,
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This review is from: Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace series Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
I found it difficult to immerse myself into the world. I want to know how the story is going to end, even knowing I wouldn't believe or care about it.
There are many documentaries about immigration, border control or airport on TV. During each episode, there're usually 3 or 4 stories running in parallel. As they are all real stories in a documentary, few are interesting enough to keep the audience watching. So the creators of these documentaries intentionally switch from one story to another, and the nature of human curiosity makes you wonder what happens next. And there's a lot of that in this book.
Peter James is a responsible author, he does an awful lot of research to make sure there's a solid base for his imagination to stand on. The problem is, sometimes it's shows the author doesn't know the topic well enough before writing, and he tries really hard wanting you to believe this could happen. The more he tries, the less I believe.
When he depicts a real place, a secret tunnel, a hidden room, you can almost feel he was there, making notes. As an author writing detective novels, he pays attentions to details, and was eager to present all these details about the real places to readers. As a reader, I am overwhelmed, I couldn't stitch together all the pieces the author gave me, and I got lost. My mind is cluttered with all these more than necessary details, and there's no room for my imagination to picture the character and the place. When he writes about some fictional place, the author does a fine job, writing down all the key things for him to make sense of the location, and it worked for me as a reader too. Obviously the pictures in my head wouldn't match the one in the author's, but does it matter?
The plot is not convincing, the characters bland. The case is solved in the end, but none of the characters' decisions and intelligence made it happen. Roy Grace is an action hero in this book, not a detective.