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Unique Writing Style - OK with Issues
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
So, I'read the other reviews and most seem a bit skewed. Now I understand that the level of enjoyment one gets from a book is purely subjective, but 5 stars?
Having said that, I did find myself wanting to keep reading, just to see where the story would lead. It was an interesting story - boy gets kidnapped; kidnapper tomrments boy's best/girlfriend for 30 years... but, the writing style...
For starters, the story jumped back and for bewtween the present and the past almost every other chapter. For me, that wasn't too much of an issue, but I can see where it would annoy/confuse some.
More odd, though is the fact that the story is being told in the third person but with almost no dialouge. There may have been all of 50 words spoken in the whole book, and that is probably being generous. It was jarring, but it is unique!
There where a few occasional grammatical erorrs - a word missing here or there; or in one place two words repeated twice - and a couple of simple spelling errors - filed instead of filled, for example. Again nothing major and understandable for a self-published story.
Also, I must point out that this was written by a British girl. There are a couple of words that are unique to the British languge. Torch, for instance instead of flashlight. One I had to look up was the British word for acetominaphin.
My final issue with the story - and this one is important - is that we are left with questions; one in particular. I don't think I am revealing any spoilers here to say this... We are never told why a 15 year old boy would willingly leave his best/girlfriend at the school bus stop - without saying a word to her - and willingly get into the van with the kidnapper. That part is just down right odd.
All in all, it's a good read and I would recommend it.