Double Cross by Jeffery Deaver ~ Short Fiction Review

Double Cross (Kindle Single) by [Deaver, Jeffery]I saw this offered free on Kindle and thought to myself, “Hmm. The author who wrote The Bone Collector. The Lincoln Rhyme series. This can’t be bad.”

I feel like I stand corrected.

Maybe that’s too harsh. Or maybe not. The bottom line is I didn’t like it. I felt that the style was poor. I get the whole ‘writing in the voice of the character’ thing, but in this instance, in my opinion, it fell flat. The plot left me gasping for air – not because it was so suspenseful, but because it was stale. And the ending???? I thought that they made it clear that the ploy used in this ending was against the law in creative writing 101.

Short stories are hard. I get it. But reading them shouldn’t be. I was really disappointed by this one. At least it was free. 3 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

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The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen ~ Fiction Book Review

The Things We Wish Were True by [Whalen, Marybeth Mayhew]Here’s another book that I got for free on my Kindle that turned out to be a score. It was a nice change of pace from my normal reads. No great mystery, no harrowing suspense, just a story about people – a story that I found very enjoyable.

While it could be considered a coming of age story, it would cover a coming of any age – not just the normal prepubescent range. The characters cover several different generations, the timeframe covers a summer, and the story covers a broad range of emotions to make you laugh and cry.

This book felt like a breath of fresh air amid the sea of doom and gloom I’m usually reading through. 4.5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine ~ Fiction Book Review

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake Series Book 1) by [Caine, Rachel]This book was the change in a tide of what seemed like an insufferably long string of duds. It left me wondering who this author was, and where she’d been all my life. Not that it’s the most spectacular thing ever written, but I enjoyed it enough that I was surprised that the author wasn’t more renowned.  It turns out she might be – in YA and vampire reader circles.

Long story short, I got this as a free Kindle read, and immediately looked for the other books the author had written when I finished. The great news is that a second book is planned in this ‘series’. The bad news is that I have to wait until December.

I loved the premise of this book – it was fresh and different, with a unique perspective. It had just enough mystery and suspense without being campy. I found the lead character likeable to boot! 5 stars and a big shout out to the newest author that I’ll be keeping an eye on!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week: (An oldie but a goodie!)

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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