Could have been better...and why?

For November 2019, we will be reading Crime/Thriller books.
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Could have been better...and why?

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I think it would be interesting to have a space where we can share books that we've read under the crime and/or thriller genres, but that fell short of our expectations.

Here are a few guiding points as we think about the books for this topic:
  • As you share, please do not give spoilers for potential future readers.
  • Include the book title, author, and genre.
  • What aspect(s) fell short in your opinion? What could have been better? (i.e. character development, suspense, predictability, plot flow, etc.)
  • Share the rating you gave.
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I recently read The Chain by Adrian McKinty. This can easily be considered a crime and a thriller novel.

I was speeding through the beginning of the novel, which was great. I love when novels can capture your full attention. However, there was a certain point, toward the middle of the book, where I thought the plot dragged a little and was somewhat predictable, which made the intensity of the story drop. The second half of the book had its exciting points, but it also had almost a laundry list of items the author wanted to share, which made the writing somewhat choppy as well.

Overall, I give the book a 3/4 stars. Still a pretty good score, I just wanted it more be more than what it was.
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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was so disappointing. It was set up for a perfect story about what appeared to be a haunted hotel where some newcomers were paid to house sit. When the reason behind everything was revealed it was very far fetched and could have been a great book.
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