Saturday, 28 December 2013

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

Detective Lena Adams winced as she pulled off her T-shirt.

The only conflict here is the pain being felt when taking off a T-shirt, and that raises only one question: why? So we get some exposition before finally learning that she's been bruised up at work. She's a police officer with a Glock. After reviewing a few of these modern crime mysteries, they all tend to blend into one beginning: introduce tough guy or gal with some attitude and some pain.

By page two, after several paragraphs of holding out, we learn Lena discovered four bodies. I would have preferred this first, rather than rely on the so-called character to hook.

First thing said:

"You just get in?"

The byline hooks though.

Verdict: Fail

Theodore Moracht

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