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Aiming for amateurish, but even that was too high
on 30 May 2012
This book is shockingly bad. I'm not referring to the plot, as I have long since given up on that, rather to the style of writing. The author loves her adverbs, dropping them in wherever she feels like it, no matter how inappropriate they are.
A sample sentence:
"Directly below him, a tight inner circle was in force, stringently controlled by SOCOs clad head to foot in white, who were painstakingly moving in and out of a large white forensics tent."
How do you move PAINSTAKINGLY in and out of a tent?
In other places, her writing is just shockingly bad.
"His deputy's erect, stiff figure stood out from the crowd; for all the right reasons."
"They were the antithesis of each other. Brady was six foot two and lean with muscle, whereas Conrad was a few inches shorter with a heavier, muscular frame."
What is her definition of antithesis?
"Jimmy'd found himself locked inside Durham Prison, ..."
JIMMY'D? Really? JIMMY'D?
I bought the Kindle version of this book for the bargain basement price of 99p, and I'm giving up after 3% - no idea what this is in page numbers, but I'm guessing not a lot. So far, nothing in the plot has encouraged me to plough on with this book, and it's simply because of the way that it's written that I'm stopping. Yes, it really is that bad.
I can see that there are quite a few 4 and 5 star reviews here, so I guess her poor writing style doesn't put everyone off, but I've also noticed quite a few references to her wordsmanship. If you care at all about how a book is written then give this one a miss. If you don't mind things being written with the flair of a semi-literate teenager, go ahead, you might enjoy it.