Lovesick by Spence Seidel
Published by: PUBLISHINGWORKS, INC.
Genre: FICTION, MYSTERY
Length: 374 pages
Release Date: JUNE 2012
Love. Teenagers. Love triangle. Perfect combination for a crime.
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I must get a few things off my chest before I continue with the review. Overall, I quite enjoyed the book. More on that later. What bothered me about the book were the details. Occasionally words were omitted or a wayward ‘a’ or ’an’ was inserted. Those were mild irritants. What bothered me was the lack of specific details that I felt were missing or not explored deeply enough. For example, it is quite common for young girls to write in diaries. I find it implausible, however, that a girl would carry it around in her backpack, especially if it contained such incriminating information as Wendy’s did. I do, believe, more appropriately, that Wendy would have kept her secret diaries hidden and locked up at home, safe from prying eyes.
Other details that bothered me were specific to Lisa. A woman comes home, finds her apartment ransacked and then walks through the apartment looking for the intruder? Unbelievable. Also, unbelievable is that the author made no mention of specific details involving her clothes, other than to say she couldn’t jump out of a window in low heels. There is no such thing as low heels. There are flats, high heels, kitten heels, platforms, boots, etc. We don’t say “low heels”. I think a book aimed at women needs to pay more attention to these kinds of details.
Now that I’ve made my peace, I enjoyed the book. The characters were believable and easy to identify with. Characterization is important to me as a reader and the author delivered sequences that I felt were true of each character (short of Lisa coming home to her apartment, as stated above). I liked the quick pacing of the story and that the story was not so convoluted that the plot was difficult to figure out. I was pleased with myself when I figured things out and Seidel did not disappoint by adding confusing twists. I also liked that the story wrapped up logically without the standard fairy tale ending. I do wish, however, that more would have been developed explaining Paul’s head injury and his behavior when he was found by the police.
If you are the squeamish type then this is not for you. Good cop fiction!
This story earns 4 smiles!
*DISCLAIMER: I was sent items by the publisher to help facilitate my review. Any opinions stated are strictly my own.*