Friday, January 25, 2013

{Review} The Devil's Dream by Roy Segal

ASIN #: B008C67NU4
File Size: 301 KB
Page Count: 180

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

A female New York City cop suspects her rich Wall Street boyfriend is murdering his clients. Told from the point of view of a psychic, who dreams of these murders before they take place.

Mandy's Review:

The summary states that the book is told from the psychic's POV, which tells me it should be told in first person. The book was actually told in third person. The entire book was not told from the psychic's POV. Every single character that was introduced, and there were a lot of them, told part of the story from their perspective. And since we're on the subject of how many characters there were, let me just say that there were too many characters introduced. If they were an essential part of the story then I would understand, but some characters came and went so quickly it made me wonder why they were even introduced at all. The information the fleeting characters revealed could have been told as a result of a police investigation, had the author put a little effort into actually strengthening the plot. Introducing the characters for a few paragraphs to let the reader know why something happened just seemed to me to be lazy writing.

Is there such a thing as too many chapters?

Even though this book was only around 180 pages in length, there were over 100 "chapters" in this book. And I say "chapters" with quotation marks because they weren't really chapters. Most "chapters" in this book were only a few paragraphs. I will say, though, that having such short chapters facilitated reading this book quickly. I felt as if I was really gobbling up some pages watching the "chapters" go by so fast.

Unfortunately, I did not care for this book at all. It seems more of a first draft than the finished product.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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