If a book puts you off at the beginning, what do you do?
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Well, I’ve come to this point and I need some advice. This is a book by an author that I have followed for years and loved all the other books in this series.
First, let me say I’m not writing this to put the author (or her writing) down. This problem with this particular book won’t stop me from reading her future books. With your advice, I may even finish this one. This is a protagonist I like and the series has given me many, many hours of enjoyable reading/listening.
Let me explain my problem.
I was anxious to listen to DUST, the latest installment in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. The protagonist is always involved in an intriguing murder with suspense and drama at every turn.
Half way through the second disc of DUST, I had to stop. I couldn’t take anymore. The base storyline sounds interesting and I’m curious where it will lead. It’s what I call the side story or back story that has put me off. I don’t see that it adds to the main story or if it does, so much details shouldn’t be needed. In my opinion it’s a bit cruel.
The part that puts me off deals with Scarpetta recalling how she felt and what she saw at the scene of a school shooting where numerous children and adults were murdered. Cornwell inserts Scarpetta into the New Town tragedy aftermath. Now that just seems a bit disingenuous to me. What if one of the family members picked up this book without knowing? She goes into too much detail again and again. Maybe it’s Cornwell’s way of expressing her feelings about the tragedy. I don’t know. It just seems so in appropriate. The ‘poor me feelings’ go on too long.
I’ve always enjoyed the way the various characters in this series work together. The way there are twists and turns that have you thinking one thing and then blindsided with something else.
BTW, my thoughts on this story have nothing to do with the narrator and the way she presents the story.
I need your help and advice. Has anyone read this story? Do I go on and hope this reference to the tragedy ends soon? Do I let it go and wait for the next installment? Have you ever had a problem like this? How did you handle it?
Please know this is not a review of DUST and I’m not trying to influence anyone’s decision to read or not read this book. I’m just discouraged and need advice.