Friday, October 2, 2009

Hit List

by Darcia Helle

This book was sent to me directly from the author herself through the Goodreads Giveaways. She even was kind enough to include a nice message, so I began reading with the hopes that I would be amazed. Unfortunately, I was not. There was nothing that really set this book apart from other mystery/romance novels. Same cookie-cutter characters, same suspenseful plot, same twist at the end.

Speaking of the twist, though, I must say I was surprised about the context of it. Not what I was expecting, so I do commend the author for that. The story itself was an exciting one and was the main thing that held my interest through the boring conversations of the characters. I really wanted to know what had happened to make Corinne that broken. And I will admit that it was quite horrifying.

The story, though, does not quite redeem the book as a whole. The characters read just like any other character in any other mystery novel. The intelligent, beautiful female detective. The handsome, sexy carpenter who needs her help. The cruel, selfish mob leader who's trying to kill everyone in his way. They would converse deeply about the situation, and then repeat the conversation later in another scene when they need to inform another character. And then they talked about how they felt and what would happen. Ugh. Enough already and take me to the action! There was too much talk, thus creating a build up and explosion of action at the end.

Oh, the end. Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you. All I'm going to say is that there are too many people in one room. I'm a bit skeptical about the fact that practically every single character in the novel ends up in the same place at the same time. And then, yet another character gets introduced, when there are only about twenty pages left to go. It almost seemed as though the author just threw the characters in a pot and stirred it to see what would come out. Very messy.

Huh. Maybe I didn't like it as much as I thought I did! The actual story itself, the idea of it, was good. Very suspenseful and bravely delving into a world that most people don't even want to think about. But the characters ruined it for me, as well as the writing style. An adventure like this needs more action and less analysis.

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