In theory, the premise interested me. However, the characters, I felt, were under developed for me to really care about them. If the story was told coIn theory, the premise interested me. However, the characters, I felt, were under developed for me to really care about them. If the story was told completely by the main character, it might have been a bit more interesting, but instead I found the whole thing to be trite....more
I won a copy of this book from a mystery book website. It was a random book draw and did not have any idea of what the content of this particular bookI won a copy of this book from a mystery book website. It was a random book draw and did not have any idea of what the content of this particular book was until I received it. It is not the usual type of material that I would choose to read, but sounded interesting enough. Being a straight woman, I wasn't intimidated by the subject matter, in fact I was interested to read a mystery from another perspective. I do hope that this example is not representive of this genre. I found the book to be completely insipid and inane.
I am unclear as to who is the intended target audience. Is it a mystery, is it a gay love story, is it a political stance for gay marriage, I'm unsure. There were so many inconsistencies that I felt the author had just thrown in some ideas along the way to tie up loose ends or even worse as filler to extend the story. The story as a mystery is boring at best. The love story is boring and the stance on why gay marriage should be legalized was not convincing. The author chose to throw in Hawaiin language and give definitions to the reader which after a while became tedious. Characters were brought in from nowhere and developed minimally. I found it quite suprising that the author chose to use such stereotypical characterizations, such as Chinese characters speaking in shortened English style, the description of a neighborhood that was a bit run down, except for the rainbow flag flying house, which had been properly taken care of. At one point the main character takes offense at the sermon given by the evangelical ministers about gays being lumped together with moneylenders and molesters, but did not mind the alcoholics? The lead character, a detective, reiterates that he is newly out and has had less than fingers and toes number of lovers, yet can't place a familar face and wonders if it could have been 1 of the 20 people he has been with. He interviews possible suspects but doesn't make the connection, consistently? Investigates a church for wrong doing, yet when he arrives at the church, low and behold, his father owns the strip mall that it is in? In one scene at a gathering for support of gay marriage, the speaker (who also owns the pristine house), flirts with a member of the audience, inviting him home to be with him and his partner. In my opinion, that is not what marriage is about. The main character resorts to some bathroom activity with his partner while another couple apparently are doing the same outside the stall. In the end, I could care less about any of them, I have no desire to read the previous books.