TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna is my first DNF of the year!
I have been trying hard since restarting this blog last year, to focus on making sure I picked books I think will be a good fit for me. Reading plenty of reviews, yes, even those 3 stars and below over on Goodreads—some of those tell you more about how good a book is than any 5 star review. And, for the most part, my strategy has been working as I don’t remember DNFing any book through the last half of 2020. At least, I don’t think I did?
Today, though, I’m calling it on a book I started Tuesday evening, as the characters, never mind the story, are just not doing it for me. The story lacks any real cohesion, and, at times, there’s confusion as to which character is speaking or who is thinking what. And that, over anything else, has begun to annoy me.
It really is irritating to say the least and I don’t know if it’s just me, or the author could have done better with the he said, she said tags. But one minute we’re being told what P.I. Alice Vega is thinking and the next, without distinguishing between characters and in the same paragraph, we’re suddenly being told what Caplan, the ex-cop, is thinking.
It all just blurs. Becoming an indistinguishable jumble of thoughts, conversations, and descriptions, that in turn are just filler for any real action. Throw in the fact Vega has as much personality as a house brick, and it’s difficult to connect with her on any level.
The upshot is, I am putting this one on the shelf and, may or may not put it in the next box destined for the library.
Onto my next read …