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I loved the first book and immediately purchased Don’t Look Now upon its release.
I praised Don’t Turn Around for being smart and gutsy both in story and characterisation. They say you should be careful what you wish for though…
Everything I loved about the first book seemed to have morphed into something inaccessible in the second book. The story was so far in motion when the book began I no longer felt like I was being treated as a smart reader but being cheated out of major parts of the story.
The tough and aloof heroine faced the challenges of social interaction and romantic entanglements only to become even more distanced and obtuse.
The multiple POVs that always kept us with the action were increased and I felt like I didn’t get to spend enough time with any of the characters.
Now I could have forgiven a lot of this in the grand scheme of things because book 1 was so good and I still have hope for the series.
Unfortunately something happened before the turn into act 3 that made the book simply irredeemable. I do spoiler-free reviews so all I’ll say is that the author has the heroine do something wilfully and unnecessarily stupid just to bring about the final act action. Selling out a character you’ve spent 2 books building as tough, smart and independent just because you need some action to cover a lack of plot resolution is utterly unacceptable
Yeah, I’ll read third book in the series when it’s released but this entry is torched for me.
I’m sincerely disappointed with Don’t Look Now and while I’ll continue to recommend the series, I can’t really tell people to pick this one up as it stands.
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