Friday, 10 January 2014
Second Watch by J. A. Jance
The characters storm out down the street and are followed by a description of Seattle and the street they are on, which suggests nothing more than a more concentrated effort of reading Google Earth. This prologue is about a man going into surgery and ends with him praying that when he wakes up the first thing he will see is his wife, waiting for him.
Except she wasn't.
This continues the prologue making me wonder if the prologue should be called chapter 1 and chapter 1 should be called chapter 2; however, relabeling one's chapters is a pain in the butt, so may be better to leave it as it is. Does it matter? Not in this case.
The man wakes up in recovery - so this counts as a bed opening, but acceptable as it's in a hospital and after an operation and not merely some lazy character lying about in bed at home wondering how to start the novel.
There is some conflict in chapter 1 with the wife missing and the man being a little confused at first about what is going on, but there's no need to drag that out for several pages interspersed with back story.
First thing said:
"Are you okay?"