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Drowning in a sea of cliches
Reviewed in Australia on 3 February 2018
- Best friend is the most beautiful woman ever, but suddenly our heroine is attracting suitors like she's smothered in honey and they are flies.
- Heroine is psychic, but her powers only confuse the issue by giving her unhelpful red herring/clues. And her powers aren't consistent - she's supposedly very powerful except when she's stressed or tired. Guess what? She's stressed and tired all the time.
- The mystery part of the equation - saw it coming from ten miles away.
- The love triangle. This was a short book. Which started well as our heroine meets a seemingly genuinely nice guy. How do we up the word count? I know, let's have one of her good friends make a play for her out of the blue. And worse, even though her best gal friend is accused of murder - let's make the guys jealous and sullen - spoiling for a fight, and being petulant - while her best friend is in jail? I would have kicked them both to the curb.
- Instead of writing a layered story and having a capable heroine - let's introduce magic so things can be solved extra fast with no brain power required on the part of the author or reader.
I started off liking the setting and the heroine - but from the moment the best guy friend turned jealous and petulant the hatred began to seep in. Frustrating in its reliance upon a swathe of cliches.