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Gun Games by Faye Kellerman
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Jan 14, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery

The major plot lines were definitely standard Faye Kellerman; they could have merited four stars had her writing on this one not been so lackluster. I felt like a quarter of the book was text conversations, and a third was teenage sex. I'll be honest; none of the Donetti-centered books are my favorites in the series. But this time, Rina's gentle wit was almost absent, Decker seemed to have lost his spark, and the squadroom wit and fun was noticeably absent. There was hardly even much food talk. ;) It felt so phoned in, it made me wonder if Ms. Kellerman shouldn't move on from this series, much as I love it and profitable as I'm sure it is, and do something that interests her more. I would honestly have considered three stars, though, were it not for the abysmal editing/proofreading errors. I know copy editing is becoming a lost art, but seriously! Errors like "need" for "knead" are simply not acceptable from a major publisher, and I counted at least five such errors (yes, I kept count-that's how bad they were.) In addition, having to read large passages of "txt spk" is bad enough without it being misspelled in ways that lead to stopping to figure out what the author is going for! "Great" was constantly rendered as "g8" (and a few times the egregious "g8t") rather than "gr8" so I kept having to reread passages to consciously sub in "great" for what read as "gate." Ms. Kellerman's lack of knowledge of texting was further apparent in the instances where characters ended a text conversation. One may turn off one's phone or one's ringer for the night; one does not "sign off" a text conversation! "Write what you know" may need to be an adage for her to revisit.

So, four stars for plot, three for characterization, two for writing, one for the editing. Sorry, Ms. Kellerman, I love most of your Decker series, but if you write another like this, I'll sadly be in no hurry to pick it up. Please, return to your earlier standard of writing (and demand better of your proofreaders!)
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January 15, 2012 – Shelved as: mystery

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Jessica Anne,
I agree with all of your points. I was quite excited to read this latest installment in Kellerman's popular series but this title didn't seem to have the traits we have come to love in her Decker and Rina series.

message 2: by Kay (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kay Leslie I noticed the editing errors too. I agree with you - unacceptable.

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