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The Basement by Stephen Leather
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Oct 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: review-copies, fiction, suspense-thriller-mystery
Read on October 26, 2011

The book contains two viewpoints. Marvin Waller is a young writer whose part is written in first person. Much of his narration is spent telling us about his various screenplays. To me, this was like reading a synopsis of other books, many of which were more interesting than the actual events of the character's story. Marvin is a strange guy but we never really get to know him beyond his odd fixation with stalking actors and movie producers.

The serial killer's part is written in the rare second person, which I didn't like. I felt like I was being told what to think and feel, rather than experiencing the events and emotions of the character. This part of the story contains graphic sexually-based scenes and might be difficult for some readers to get through.

This is a short novel, with only 127 pages. The pace is quick but it's lacking character and plot development.
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