Thursday 2 January 2014

Review - Counter Measures by Andrew Hixson

Counter Measures (A Handful of Secrets # 8)Counter Measures by Andrew Hixson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I desperately wanted to like it... I really tried. If this book had been any longer than its 49 pages, it would have ended up in my very small DNF pile. Thankfully, it took me less than an hour to read it.

Okay, where to start.
Good Points
The book is short.
Very few typos and only two very long run on sentences. One which contained the word and about six times.
Set in the UK.

Bad Points
It seemed rushed.
I knew who the killer was almost instantly.
No surprises anywhere.
Flat characters.
Bad sentence structure.
While the book had very few typos etc, the writing style really didn't work for me.

I think this could have been a good short story if the author had showed it a little more TLC. I haven't read any of the other books by this author, and sadly, I don't think I will after reading this.

I spent more time reading about what beer the guys were drinking, the weather, and home interiors than I did reading a good murder mystery.

I would encourage others to make their own minds up about this book. I also think it may have helped if I had read the previous books. However, since they are all different cases, I doubt I would feel any different. But who knows?

2 stars. One to support the author and one because it kept me busy for an hour.

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