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- Print Length: 265 pages
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- Publisher: GJG: Create Space; 1 edition (17 Jun. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZX2A56O
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- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,991,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So What Do I Do?: A Crime Thriller from the High School (So What! Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I recommend "So What Do I Do?", which in itself is an interesting question for the author...... is there to be a fourth novel in the series? The potential is there as new writing techniques have been developed, a new central hero generated..... crimes still have to be solved whether school based or otherwise.
Unlike the previous book, which was largely based around a school and its community, so that the plot was secondary to the characters and their environment, ‘So What Do I Do?’ is a thriller. As such, the story does sometimes lose direction due to the ‘mini-lectures’ the author likes to give on various subjects that I presume are close to his heart (he used to be a science teacher). The themes discussed range from GM farming to classroom etiquette. The destruction of the environment is also dealt with in detail. And this is where my concentration faltered. ‘So What Do I Do?’ became a crime/thriller story I really wanted to read, interrupted by bouts of political and ethical views and analyses delivered mainly by Molly (who is rather twee) and her husband (who is a more believable as a character).
The writing is skilful and engaging. There is tension, drama and pace. Characters are well drawn and dialogue is ambitious, tackling the vernacular of the criminal underworld to add colour and humour. I just would have preferred less in the way of commentary. All in all, an enjoyable read.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book is well written. The prose is descriptive and the characters and settings were generally well developed. Initially, the dialog concerned me, as several of the characters use slang and pronunciations that are a bit tricky for a Midwestern American. But I understood most of it and I got to the point where I enjoyed the conversations more than I expected. (I do admit, however, that even by the end of the book, I am not positive I know what “innit” means...maybe, isn’t it? But given the modern marvels of the eBook, I can tell you that this word occurs 61 times.)
Because the criminals and their motivation are known from the outset, the story revolves around the chase and the continuous degeneration of the criminals’ plans. As the police work is mostly routine (fingerprints, interviews, footwork), my attention was mostly drawn to the downward spiral of the criminal element. ‘Honor among thieves’ was not a phrase they knew, resulting in some interesting twists as the story moves forward.
For me, perhaps the biggest drawback of the book was that the backstory and the background tended to intrude on the plot. All of the detail about climate change, the pros and cons of chemical use in agriculture, moral and practical issues related to neglected and abused children, commercialization of education, and so on, made me wonder how it was all going to be tied back to the crime. And the answer is, it wasn’t tied in. From reading the synopsis, I understand that this book is part of a series, and at least some of this material may be to continue an ongoing backstory. But for the reader picking up just this book, this material tends to dilute the rest of the plot.
Overall, So What Do I Do is something like a cozy thriller. There are a number of folksy, solid citizens, concerned about a range of societal ills, who get caught in the crossfire as a criminal conspiracy self-destructs.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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