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Page-turning, but flawed
on November 13, 2013
Bad Games is a 'family-meets-psycho stalker-in-remote-town' story. It's been done. Over and over. But like a good scary movie where you know what's going to happen 5 minutes in, it can still be enjoyable, and this book was. I knew 10 pages in what was generally going to transpire, and I was right. Even the twist at the end was set up so blatantly I saw it coming for at least a chapter. BUT...it was still a page-turner I read very quickly, and there just aren't too many of those I've run into lately. So I'll go ahead and recommend it, especially for the price, because it is entertaining. I will now list my criticisms, mostly because the author writes that he welcomes feedback:
-The story has been told and is not very original, although the approach with the two brothers was kind of interesting. The cute kids and introduction of the scruffy but adorable dog was almost laughable.
-The dialog between the couple was very odd at times. "Who talks like this?" crossed my mind on numerous occasions. It occasionally read like a bad screenplay.
-The level of puppy-love between the husband and wife is over-done. I got sick of just how in-love and perfect they were. Nice family. I get it. Now move on.
-Felt like the author didn't know when to end the story. Could have easily been 20 or 30 pages shorter, and would have been better IMHO.
Thats about it. So Bad Games is a decent book, but not worth the list of 5-star ratings. Like most Kindle books, you pretty much need to ignore the bought-and-paid-for 5-star reviews by the people who post a dozen or more 5-star reviews a day. Here's a crazy idea: How about you publish a book and wait for real people to post real reviews?