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Book Title: Blind Spot|
The author of the book: Andrew Hixson
Date of issue: June 26th 2014
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Received for free through Goodreads' First Reads.
I hate it when I don’t like a book that I’ve received for free. I feel some sort of obligation to enjoy it and give a positive review. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I really didn’t like this book.
I guess I can start with the things that weren’t too bad:
1. The main character is kind-of interesting. He has background, a future (with his fiancée), hobbies and a list of ways to tell when someone is lying.
2. The writing overall is good, if not a little confused (more about that below).
3. The author is clearly well-acquainted with the book’s setting so the believability level is pretty high owing to accurate descriptions of the places we visit.
Now for the bad. I don’t like criticising books, but here goes:
1. The grammar and spelling. Deary me. No offence to Mr. Hixson’s proofreaders intended, but he needs new ones. Firstly, there are commas all over the place. I can forgive under-use, but not over-use as it makes text very difficult to read. There were also misspelt words, the one that stuck in my mind being an instance of “You’re” being used where it was supposed to be “Your”. Perhaps this was a typo and was also overlooked during editing, but nevertheless it’s an unacceptable mistake in a published book. If I noticed it someone else should have before it went to print. There were others too but this is the one I remember as it really annoyed me.
2. As mentioned above: confused writing. It’s written in the first person from Mr. Handful’s POV, which isn’t a bad thing in itself because it means we get some insight into his thoughts that we wouldn’t otherwise have. Personally I feel this rule should be followed: in first person the reader should be able to believe that what’s on the page is more or less exactly what the POV character is thinking and feeling; in third person you can be much more descriptive because you can have time almost stand still whilst you describe the surroundings. There were lots of long-winded and very insightful descriptions of the sea, the sky and birds. In my humble opinion these were much too in-depth for a first-person narrative and possibly would even have felt overdone in third person. They just aren’t the sorts of things that your average person stops to ponder, especially not when occupied with a “complex” investigation. It almost felt like Mr. Hixson was in two minds about which voice he wanted to write the story in. Overall this made the story feel disjointed and confused.
3. On a related note, there was a whole page that felt like a cookery class. Mr. Handful is making his fiancée breakfast and for some reason we need to know the size of each of the 3 pans he uses, what heat they’re all on, how he cuts the mushrooms, etc. etc.
4. The font is very spaced out and difficult to read. I assume the idea was to have it look like it was written on a typewriter, which it does, but this doesn’t add anything to the story. It annoyed my eyes because I’m used to smaller line spacing. I know that sounds pernickety but my eyes would drift back to the start of the next line and start moving across the page again before I realised that there wasn’t any text until the next line down. Again, this made for disjointed reading.
5. Lastly, the storyline itself is predictable. I figured out “whodunit” very early on so the rest of the book was extra-frustrating.
I would not recommend this book.
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Andrew Hixson is the bestselling author of the John Handful series: A Handful Of Secrets (A Short Story Collection), Blind Spot and The Oxmarket Aspal Murder Mystery, Death is for the Dying. PAIN HAS A PERMANENT ADDRESS will be published in November 2017. All his thrillers feature lateral thinking private detective John Handful. Andrew recently won a Waterstones Short Story award for best Halloween short story. A former logistics supervisor for a local distribution firm, Andrew lives in Suffolk with his wife, two daughters and two granddaughters..
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