28 September 2015
Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller by E.G. Michaels
Title: Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller
Genre: Mystery, thriller, police procedurals
I finished this book last night and can’t really remember what it was about. Is it my ADD again? No, not this time. It’s just that I absolutely did not care what was going on in this book. It reminded me an episode of a cop drama series. There was not a single character that held my interest. But it was my fault. I should have DNF’ed this book the moment I realized this was not right for me.
From the blurb: Detective Simmons races against the clock to quickly find the proof to solve both cases before all hell breaks loose. E.G. Michaels delivers a debut action-packed thriller with white-knuckle twists, unexpected humor, and leaves you wanting even more.
I am really sorry for saying this, but this was not an action-packed thriller with white-knuckle twists. Not at all. There was a drive-by shooting in a black neighborhood, there was a detective that resembled many other detectives from similar books and movies, there were the thugs, another murder, and a couple of shootings. As I already said this was like a 40 minute cop drama episode, but boy, did it take me a while to finish it. Normally I read 100 pages in less than a day. But this one took me longer. I hate it when it’s a chore to finish a book. And as I said already this was totally my fault. I hate leaving books unfinished, but I need to be doing that more often. Because there are so many books out there it’s not fair to waste time on something that’s totally out of my reading preferences.
And the writing wasn’t very good. Again, abrupt POV switches with a short passage showing us the protagonist, followed by another short passage showing us the protagonist, then back and forth, like a movie. Authors need to remember that a book is not a movie and not a script. It’s a book and should be written like a book.
The He said, she said problem was also there. Authors, when there are two people talking there’s no need to tell us who is speaking. It breaks the flow of the story.
Overall, a very disappointing read.
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