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1.0 out of 5 stars Excessively long book sucks life from characters & plot, 16 April 2014
This review is from: A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair) (Mass Market Paperback)
Two hundred pages into this novel and I realised I had still got basically no where. And by the page count I still had three hundred and fifty pages to go. The experience of reading this book I could only equate with treading water. This novel lacked pacing, excitement and tension... whenever I saw a glimmer of hope the book would suddenly switch to another character's narrative or Evelina for the twentieth time would start waffling, sitting around thinking or doing the exact opposite of anything proactive (like actually do some detective work).
The jumping from character to character narrative was bad enough but then the author started to fiddle with the time line. At one point we are with Evelina discovering a corpse late in the evening. Next chapter, different character - earlier in the evening. Next chapter, new character - police have arrived at house , story is back in present. Next chapter another new character - now it is the morning of the murder and the next chapter we stay with this character but the timing is the afternoon of the murder.
This book couldn't seem to make up its mind - was it a romance or a murder mystery - in fact it was neither. The characters are so dreary and lifeless (lack of pacing, anything actually happening to them) that the reader loses all empathy and patience with them by about mid way through the book.
Like many I saw the premise (and the admittedly cute cover) and thought what a great idea. However the magic element feels crammed in at the last moment just so the author can make some admittedly small leaps forward in the plot. And at least twice the author refers to the wrong character. Believe the editors and the author have a lot to answer for.
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