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A Smudge of Gray: A Novel by [Sturak, Jonathan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pendan Publishing; 1st edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00746WF4C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really wanted to like this book as the title and the short synopsis of the book (you can see it on Amazon) were intriguing and promised good read. Unfortunately my enthusiasm for the book started to crumble not long after I started reading the book. Don't get me wrong, the story is very decent for a thriller but it isn't one of those that will catch your imagination and keep you glued to the book throughout the night. And by saying that, I think I have exhausted all the remotely positive remarks I have about the book.

Few pages in and I started to question whether this is really the final product or whether I am reading a first draft. For me, the characters felt flat and unlikeable and there are many actual errors! For example - on one page Trevor Malloy wears his coat open but right on the next one he unbuttons his coat to impress the first victim with his Burberry attire. There is also quite a few spelling mistakes which any decent proofreader could spot miles ahead (know x now) and the same characters are described and introduced over and over again. I also was under the impression that the author is mildly obsessed with some words like `dapper' and `yuppie'. There is nothing wrong with these words and they can clearly describe certain trade of the character but to use them frequently in space of several pages is just excessive and irritating. Not to mention that they were always linked to the same characters. Why doesn't the author use the characters' names instead?! Author also has a certain way of using phrases and metaphors. They are just odd phrases that never properly sit within the situation or scenario. I even caught myself guessing what ridiculous blurb the character is going to say next to further trash any good parts that the book has left.
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I considered giving up on this book (something I rarely do) but managed to keep going to the end. The storyline was ok ish, but the vocabulary and style of the writer is so immature that it was very off putting.
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A Smudge of Gray follows a hitman who, on the surface appears as the perfect family man and the Detective, desperate to catch the hitman, so much so that it's affecting his home and family life. Two contrasting characters described in exquisite detail with an intriguing connection.

This book starts brilliantly, and had me hooked by the end of chapter one - it is probably one of the best starts to a book I've read for a long time. The story begins with a charming man flirting with a woman, then boarding a train. The rest of the book follows the lead up to this moment where the two join the train before the `twist' and climax you'd expect from a good thriller.

A Smudge of Gray is a good thriller, and gory with the details and descriptions of the murders that take place. As Sturak describes Detective Boise, you feel tired for him - this guy works all day and night to chase down the murderer and you feel his pain - a clear demonstration of the skilled writer that Sturak is.

I suspect this book will keep most readers guessing and will certainly keep you enthralled as the story begins to reveal itself. I have to admit that I has guessed the twist quite early on but that in no way diminishes the appeal of the book and the manner in which the twist is revealed to the characters and the reader.

A good book with an interesting turn of events that I'm sure will keep many readers guessing until the final pages.
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Found and bought this book by accident really. Our surname is Gray, and our daughter is always called by her nickname "Smudge". So when this title appeared on a search, I had to get it. It turned out to be quite a story, with a terrific twist at the end.
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Hate to do this but I just had to let u all know that this book was really bad very slow I even read it up to 43% 🙈Couldn't take any more lol & the plus side was it was FREE
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a gripping thriller,as you read you are drawn into the story,the ending is unexpected revealing the twist in the tale,a must read for any crime thriller enthusiast..
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Foul language almost immediately so I didn't read it. I really wish they would give books ratings like they do films!
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I could not put this book down! It seemed simple yet compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more of Jonathan's books.
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