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Having read the Kindle sample, The Bet seemed like it could be an enjoyable novel. I found it not a bad novel but not a good one either.
You know what has happened at the beginning of the story as the author intended to tell you – then spend the rest of the novel finding out the why.
It isn’t a difficult read, there isn’t anything too anything about it, be it too thrilling, too frightening, too funny or ultimately too interesting.
Some of the things that spoilt the read for me were:
Having the main character described using his surname – this may be appropriate in a news report talking of the defendant in a court case, but the author constantly describing the main character using his surname I found unnecessary.
Three of the characters in the novel are called Janet, Jenny and Judy – well done for giving such distinctive names!
There are scenes with a priest that came across like some sort of a parody of Hurcule Poirot and I did wonder if The Bet was meant to be comedic. Well it didn’t work as a comedy either.
It was somewhat implausible.
There are some, not infrequent, typographical errors, perhaps indicating lazy proof reading by the author or editor.
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2014 16:06:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2014 16:10:29 BDT
The Herbs says:
Beware of karma when criticising typos! They happen to everyone, I'm sure Hercule would agree. :D (The OP has probably corrected their typo by now, making me look odder than usual)
Posted on 30 Apr 2014 16:10:28 BDT
I thought that starting the book at that point was very powerful, and the use of 'flashback' sequences helped fill in the blanks as to how he found himself there, and the fascination of the story for me was in how he dealt with what had happened and tried to find peace. It's also amusing to see you've criticised typos and then put 'Hurcule' Poirot ;) I certainly didn't find The Bet comedic, but perhaps that's down to interpretation. Anyway, I really enjoyed it, I found myself thinking about it in between reads, and am now reading another of Vivienne Tuffnell's books which is (so far) equally compelling. Takes all sorts I suppose!
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