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Mr Kipling writes exceedingly bad books.
on 20 June 2014
This may well be the worst book I have ever (partly) read.
It started off OK with a locked room murder, but within pages descended into badly written nonsense.
I kept reading for a while, thinking this must be a short story collection, each one about a different murder within the walls of the Metro Star hotel: there was certainly no way the story I was reading would sustain a full-length novel, so I might as well finish it.
When I realised I had begun flashing through the pages barely reading them, I thought I'd better take a quick look at the contents page to see how many pages of torture this had left to inflict before I could abandon the whole sorry mess. Then came the awful realisation that this was it; this rubbish wasn't stopping and I was only 17' through.
I skipped to the end just to see whodunnit, and was stunned to see things had actually got worse. Same terrible dialogue, but now seemingly written by a non-english speaker who had thrown their awfully written prose through a poor translation site.
I won't even mention the solution.
I don't give things one star, I like to think each has some merits. Not this. And I feel justified in my rating to balance the glowing 5 star reviews written in a suspiciously Kipling-esque style.
If this was free, it would still be overpriced.
Edit: I see the book is now written by Jack Symond. While the name change succeeds in making nonsense of my Kipling comments, unfortunately it doesn't make this book any more readable.