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I can't say enough bad things about this book, which I actually made myself finish simply because I couldn't believe Mitzner could have written such worthless crap and wanted to give him every chance. Well, it was a wasted 8+ hours.
The plot is absolutely absurd, the characters totally inane. Our "hero" is the dumbest attorney you have ever met. (After she asks a potential murderer out to dinner in order to trick him, she writes: "I hang up, feeling both dirty and empowered." Seriously?) She is also a singer by night, performing in secret under an assumed name. And while you might think this alter-ego is a big part of the story, given the publisher's summary, she actually only sings once in the novel. It's pretty much irrelevant except for the fact that that's where she meets her latest crush...and there are many of these crushes--she, or her sister, have dated or are about to date every single male character in the novel except for their father. It actually gets pretty silly: The client accused of murder? She dated him. The cop investigating her sister's disappearance? He asked her out...On and on it goes. Was this supposed to be a MYSTERY?
As if the idiotic "plot" wasn't bad enough, there is a "novel" within the "novel" (our hero's sister has written one, which turns out to be a Big Clue when she goes missing because she often based her writing on her own life). So you actually have to follow the silly storyline TWICE: once in the sister's novel and then when the exact same thing happens to the sister in "real" life.
And the writing itself!!!! Here's a sample, so you can be forewarned:
"As soon as I'm far enough from the apartment that I stop fearing Matthew jumping me, I text Marco: 'Meet me at the bench.' Matthew knows the bench. We had sex on it in Central Park one night when there was not enough time for a hotel. Officially it's called the Waldo Hutchis Bed, a fifteen foot-wide granite sculpture capable of seating at least ten, near 72nd street on the east side of the park. After using it to quench our sexual desire, I googled it to find out what its inscription meant."
"Quench our sexual desire." Seriously? As I said in the title of this review: the only mystery here is what happened to Mitzner, the author.
The "plot twists" some of the other reviewers have talked about can be seen a mile away. And the ending!!!! It's almost like if Mitzner was given a word count and he needed to write another chapter just to reach it.
I have been a Mitzner fan but I will think twice before downloading his next novel. It certainly won't be a pre-order.
43 of 44 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed Adam Mitzner's books in the past and the basic principle of this book is very good. However, the end was not really surprising and I was surprised at the explicit sex scenes. They did not help the story and were not necessary. I was disappointed in general.
120 of 125 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed both the writing and the excellent narration. This book has an interesting way of telling the story from the murdered victim, to the narrator sister to the murderer themselves!
this book is dull and really fake. the the characters of one dimensional. I tried really hard to finish this book but it was impossible as it was so bad. save your money and buy something else.
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