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Unseen - I wish it was,
This review is from: Unseen: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 4) (The Will Trent Series Book 7) (Kindle Edition)
It's a little hypocritical of me to review books when I know I wouldn't be able to do any better, but with that said however, I read Karin Slaughter's books because of the high standards she sets in what is quite often a poorly written genre. This story unfortunately, is below par. I accept that Ms Slaughter wants to provide more than just the gore-fest provided by many other crime writers , but Unseen contains far too much navel gazing in what should have been an exiting whodunit. The pace never seems to rise beyond pedestrian thanks to the innumerable stops along the way to examine some Lena/Will/Sara motivation or inner turmoil, and the switching back and forward in time to present Lena's viewpoint doesn't help either. Consequently, when a shocking incident does occur it fails to invoke the response it should. Toss in some lazy clichés, for example <<like most bullies, he had a glass jaw>>, and the book starts to become quite a tedious read.
The final nail in the coffin ('scuse the cliché!)is how quickly the baddie becomes apparent - as soon as the character is introduced in fact. Overall there's a good story going on but perhaps it's time for a new editing team.
Please Karin, I loved your detour to the darker side in Triptych, and the introduction of Will Trent, but, sadly, I feel that Unseen is a poor example of your previously enjoyable work.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2014 09:44:15 BDT
Knight Templar says:
I think the authoress must be going through a major navel-gazing phase to churn out such a dull story. Perhaps her publishers were pressurizing her for a new manuscript and instead of saying, "I can't right now," she slogged through this dross just to please them and retain her advance payment. An established author will sell copies by default, until word gets around that they've lost their mojo. It happened to John Grisham, but he eventually bounced back with some great stuff. It has probably happened to James Patterson, so he stopped writing his own stories and simply OK'd other peoples stuff under his name.
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