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  • Not worth the time or effort

    I can't even believe I managed to finish this book, here were so many problems with it. I think I toughed it out to save you from having to. I'll try not to give away any spoilers, however, just in case someone still wants to read it after reading this review. I'll start with the fact that this book needs at least 2 more editing passes, to fix typos (e.g. one character complains about not seeing his "illusive" big brother often enough - should be "elusive," which any good copy editor should have caught) and the many problems with tense, which jumps back and forth between past and present, sometimes even within the same sentence. There are problems with slang and colloquialisms that may be appropriate for a story set in England, but not for a story set in the US - it's a dead giveaway that an author who lives in the UK didn't have an American proofread for them when they have their American characters (not the British character for whom it would be appropriate) say things like "No one ever rang my phone, " or invite someone "back to mine" instead of to "my place." It's also a pet peeve of mine that shows an author didn't do their research. The dialog did not flow naturally either - characters in this book frequently spoke in very awkward sentence structures that made minimal use of contractions and sounded very stiff and unnatural. As far as the story goes, I had some serious problems there as well. The plot is flimsy, and the main relationship doesn't have enough time to really develop. One of the main characters doesn't talk, due to past trauma (I won't get into details of why so I don't spoil anything for anyone, but as a speech therapist I didn't find it believable), and it irritated me every time someone said something like "He can't talk." He can, he just chooses not to (and selective mutism is a real condition, but it is not an inability to talk - more poor research). Beyond that, I found the characters simplistic and one-dimensional, and it was hard to get invested in what happened to them because they weren't enough like real people for me to care about what happened to them. I could go on, but I'll stop there. I know that different people like different things, and "good" can be subjective, but there are so many things about this book that are objectively badly done that I can't recommend it, and I have no intention of reading any more books in this series, or from this author. Don't waste your time or your money.

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