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Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell
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Jun 25, 2010

did not like it
Read from June 25 to July 24, 2010

What a disappointment. Jennifer Carrell's first book was worth reading for the prose alone, even if it had not been a good story. But it was a great story and very fun; I couldn't put it down. This book continues with the same characters and involves another Shakespeare mystery so I anticipated a very good read. Kate is portrayed as she was in the last book and it's a year later in her life and picks right up where she left off. Ben on the other hand has his character changed. In the last book he was a loyal, trustworthy guy; a real boy scout that was there for her any time. He has been sleazed up a bit in this novel and I hated to see that. He also breaks Kate's heart. Strong characters like Ben are too few. Why the author felt compelled to do this is beyond me because it did not affect the story line. She could have kept him as he was and not missed anything in the story line. It starts well enough, but the story is not nearly engaging and somewhat formulaic. The writing gets tired within about 40 pages and becomes second rate. I ended up skimming the last 50 pages just to tie up the loose ends.

Shame on you Ms. Carrell. You're much better than this.
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Julia Yes, but I may have read a few more because of all the positive reviews. It failed to capture me.

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