Who would you recommend this book to?
Adults ages 21-45
What did you like most about this book?
The novel had several messages that dealt with serious relational issues such as domestic abuse and cheating which I liked. Domestic abuse was really showcased with Malcolm and Trina and went deep into showing how easy it was to get caught up in that situation. With the characters, Shireece and Sean, I appreciated the fact that the novel delved deep into marital issues concerning communication or the lack thereof and testing the strengths and the wills of the holy union. The author added another element with straying from religious beliefs and how that also impacts daily living and marital decisions. Most of all, I loved the triumphs of the story showcasing how good relationships between partners can help heal even the most vile past experiences with the characters Qu and Tierra. The individual characters were well developed, as each one had their own personality and were very distinct in dialogue and narrative.
What did you like least about this book?
While the book touched on a plethora of several issues the execution of the plot was not good. In certain less important areas, the book dragged longer than necessary and in areas that were highly climatic they often felt rushed as if the author was trying to hurry and get through it. The book was also very poorly edited. There were several instances of simple errors such as a huge amount of misspellings. It almost appeared as if it was typed with an auto-correct feature that kept changing words such as "so" to "do" and things such as that nature. There were also crucial errors with incorrect character names even in one area having the author's name in the story instead of the character. The formatting was very poor where it would end at half a page but still be in the middle of a chapter and phrases were capitalized in unnecessary areas to show emotion. I also did not like Qu's full character name of Aquarian Skeene. It did not flow well and it takes longer to figure out how to pronounce as you read.
Any suggestions for how this book could have been better?
First, I would definitely suggest the author to use spell check and to get a highly qualified editor. I would also recommend that the author practice on plot development and execution, in particular, learning areas where it is okay to be brief and to the point and when the story should extend to keep the reader engaged in the moment. This will also help make some of the more climatic areas more believable.
What was your overall impression of this book?
Overall, the book is just okay. It doesn't hold interest long because the insignificant parts really do drag entirely too long. I had to re-read sentences several times due to the gross amount of errors. The book is not one that I would re-read again unless it was better executed and edited at least for the misspellings. I really believe this book had a lot of potential simply based of the concept and the storyline. If it had been executed better this truly could have been a dynamic read. It was also highly predictable to be listed as a mystery.
Reviewed by: Kreceda Tyler