Tuesday, 2 September 2014

#BookReview - Lethal Journey by @KimCresswell #ReviewShare #Thriller

Lethal JourneyLethal Journey by Kim Cresswell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder, suspense, mob and romance. Kim Cresswell delivers on many different levels and if you are expecting a thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat then look no further. Her plot is filled with suspense that will leave you startled and yet as the explanation or reasoning comes to pass, it makes sense. Lauren Taylor’s attitude in court makes one think of Demi Moore in The Juror and Bridget Moynahan in Blue Blood. A strong sense of family but with cutting edge independence.

The romance between Lauren and her ex is predictable and heightens the involvement of the main characters. Some readers may argue that the love interest was not necessary or that it made Lauren a weaker character, I am somewhere in between these two arguments. Had the romance been played down just a little, I would have liked the relationship more.

Lethal Journey is a thrilling read and I loved the eye for an eye flow. What is introduced in this chapter is later revealed in another. Not many writers can pull this off well, Kim Cresswell did. I do however have some complaints about question marks, full stops and sentence composition. One of the most glaring was this:

After the waiter put the salmon roll and caviar on the table they dug in.
When their entrees were served, Lauren …

The person is a waiter, if he does not put food on the table, is there somewhere else he’s going to put it on? Once food is put on the table, do you look at it for awhile and then eat? Then there’s the confusion of dinner, salmon roll, caviar and entrees. Which is it? This happened in other pages as well, the over explaining of the obvious that had me rereading some lines to make sure I understood what was being said. Some readers may find this distracting, some may not. In general, it was a good read.

Would I recommend this read? Yes. Despite the few odd sentences here and there, this is a very good book.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 4.5/5
Pacing: 4/5

Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for adult readers.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

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