How I loathe thee, let me count the ways ... I woul have learn my lesson after reading Lavender 's first memoi, Obedience, which also exhibited the same failings: an intriguing, thrilling, Hollywood-ready plot ruined by a complete lack of interesting characterization and believability.
This act that both of the main protagonist are literary scholars working to unravel a real-life literary mystery I guess is supposed to elevate this to higher literature, but a story is just as lurid, pulpy, and implausible as its back matter makes it sound.
Thi author Will Lavender was actually a literature professor would serve to lend it some credibility, one should think, but the ook made me glad that he never taught any of my undergraduate classes, because I have some serious doubt about his credentials.
She 's revered for discovering the true identity of Paul Fallows and freeing Fallows scholar Richard Aldiss from false imprisonment as a caus, ( view spoiler) [ ( owever, she as eve the first to make a discovery, since Aldiss had to lead her there, which make a giant, gaping plot hole that the narrative can not ecover from) ( hide spoiler) ] but I nee to nderstand why tha coul be so revelatory or important in the las place.
Her only character traits were " smart " and " pretty " ( and I guess " stupid ", obviously, since the " twist " ending confirmed the suspicion I had throughout the whole ovel which took Alex completely by surprise) .I also did n't elieve in Prof.
he assertio that he then created this weird ruse of the night class on the off chance that one of the 9 specially selected students would become so fascinate with the fictional novel The Coil to seek out the identity of its reclusive author and thus prove his innocence is even more amazing.
When second set of murders gets rolling, Aldiss again knows more than he lets on, toying with Alex to get her to figure it out ( and she does, kinda, and then Aldiss tries to get one last jab in, revealing the novel 's final twist to her).
Not ven though Aldiss is meant to be this Hannibal Lecter-esque criminal mastermind, he really just comes across as arrogant and illogical, and I really understood why Alex kept letting him get away with being an ass.The Procedure, the game on which all the murders in the novel hinge, is also completely ridiculous.
She went to/teaches at Harvard!) ( view spoiler) [ and she still refuse to solve the real mystery- which member of the night class has turned rotten ( hide spoiler) ].