by Roberta Goodman
Won contest on the author’s website (woot!)
So it is hot here right now, really hot. I decided reading about a snow storm of epic proportions shutting down NYC and providing opportunity for a crazy person to stalk and mentally manipulate a 30 year old teacher would be just the ticket! The first few pages were ok, some background, some long sentences that I would have shortened up and then I got sucked in, but hard. What the heck was this guy going to do next? What was Allegra going to do, where would she turn, who would call her a lunatic next? Also, I don’t think I could handle doing an online dating service now, thank goodness I am hitched. Eeeg.
The story is great and thrilling and scary and I just wanted to keep reading. The problem is that the dialogue isn’t always too realistic. Some characters more than others. The building’s super is supposed to be an idiot, but during his statement to the police it sounds like he is reading something. He was “awakened” instead of woken up. Little things, but I think this story could really pep up by removing some of the repetitions and by making more of the dialogue character specific (some characters were pitch perfect though).
However, the story races along and keeps you reading regardless. Then is kinda stalls and becomes a bit of a police procedural as we follow the detectives who figure out who did what. I generally like that type of thing, but changing it up meant that the tension mellowed out a lot. So the book’s hold on me lessened though I still wanted to know who the heck was messing with her. Things weren’t quite as life and death and there was a bit of repetition as people are interviewed. In the end the tension ratchets back up a bit. All in all, it was an interesting story and absolutely gripping at times. 3 stars.