I already tweeted this, but I think it bears repeating and elaborating. Over the weekend, I read a book that was chosen as the January read for a book club I'm in. (No, I'm not telling you the book club and no, you can't join. Start your own and maybe I'll join that one too. Or maybe I'll start the LDSP book club. . .)
Anyway, this was a national suspense. The author sells well. I was wary going in because I knew there'd be language and probably loose morals. I was right. Lots of language and a couple of pages I had to skip due to explicitness. I usually only give these books one chapter but it was chosen by a very close friend and I knew she'd ask me about it, so I read—or rather skimmed—the whole thing.
What a waste of my precious time!
First, it was completely predictable and LAME. There were none of the twists and turns that Stephanie Black is so good at.
The characterization was flat; no sassy and unique heroines like Josi Kilpack creates.
The plot was pretty straight forward—no loops and subplots like Betsy Brannon Green gives us.
We knew right up front who the good guys were, who the bad guys were, and pretty much how it was going to end. No red herrings like Gregg Luke throws in our path.
And unlike Traci Abramson, Lynn Gardner, Ronda Hinrichsen, Jennie Hansen, Tristi Pinkston, and most of the other LDS mystery/suspense writers, this woman kept me on edge—not in a good way—never knowing when I was going to have to skip a swear word or jump past a detailed sex scene. (Picture me shuddering over that.)
But the biggest outrage was when the hero says that he likes the heroine because she has morals—as proven by the fact that AFTER they were intimate (mere hours after they meet up), she is worried over the idea that he might be married or have a girlfriend.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!?
So, a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to you LDS authors out there who write intriguing suspense without all the crud in it.