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Is it me or is it them?
on 9 June 2017
I have never read a Kindle Single before, so, although I have read various short story collections, I have no concept of the quality of material available for comparison. I decided to read the story while browsing the Prime Reading catalogue.
I think we have all chosen books, aided by reviews, only to feel that we can't have been reading the same thing. Whereas many have found it unputdownable, although I loved the premise and felt that the tale had promise at the beginning, sadly I found quite early on that I wasn't pulled into the plot as I would expect to be by a short story - especially one that is just 26 pages long! I didn't feel immersed in Laura and Sam's film noir world (despite the fact that this was one of the main attractions for me), I didn't get a strong feeling of place or time, though I did sometimes get a gratifying sense of danger and urgency, especially in the last few pages, where the action hots up. I generally didn't find the writing very polished and the ending seemed a bit rushed, which didn't help me to feel very positive about the story. I read lots of crime books, some of which are decidedly noir, if that helps you to decide whether this is one for you. On the plus side, I did read the story at one sitting. If you have access to Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited, then by all means give it a go; is not a long read - and I do seem to be in the minority.