May 5, 2010
Web of Deceit by Darlene Cox
From the beginning of this novel, Cox weaves an interesting story of mystery, intrigue, adventure, secrets, and crime. I liked the way the story was engaging immediately and gave you just enough information to keep the pages turning.
However, I did find some flaws with the writing. There is a heavy use of flashback. At first this makes the story interesting but after a while it just gets boring and repetitive. There are also times when I felt like the writing was dumbed-down. I read a review that compared Cox's writing to Patterson. There is no comparison because Patterson doesn't assume that the reader cannot assume anything on their own and must be told every detail. I also felt that the further along in the book I got, the lazier the writing became. This has probably just as much to do, however, with a sloppy editing job as a sloppy writing job. A better editor would have caught this and continued to help Cox tighten up the story throughout.
Overall, I think the story line is a good one but it could have been much more.
BOOK #: 23
RATING: 2.5 Stars
FOR CHALLENGES: 100+, ARC Challenge, A to Z Challenge, Countdown Challenge
GENRE: Fiction, Crime Novel
PUBLISHER: Outskirts Press (c) 2009
HEY, FCC!: I got this book from Bostick Communications for review purposes.