thriller is entertaining and engrossing right from the off, at least in the
first half – midway it appears to change genre and audience entirely. What
began as a clever young-adult mystery, with all the usual character and plot
cliches, develops in the final third, into pure, glossy pulp-fiction thriller,
with all the far-fetched character development and Hollywood gloss. It initially
strikes as YA for the main reason that most of the lead characters do seem to
be the teen contingency, and the adults in the story are typically inept and
naive. As the appealing premise (that of a family drawn into a dark mystery
following their huge lottery win) starts to shape up though, Hitomi infuses a
real sense of menace into the tale, which soon reveals itself as something much
darker – crime fiction for an adult audience.
is vivid and descriptive, and there is something very satisfying about her
nice, thick style of plotline. The chapters are short and punchy, which is very
welcome, making the time fly, and this book incredibly easy to read – this
genuinely thrilling thriller is very well-timed. However, I can’t help feeling
that this book does need a fair amount of work to be the finished product.
While Tomi is clearly a technically experienced professional author, with a
good research ethic, I can’t help thinking that her writing is a touch basic,
and a good deal of editing is required. The punctuation is not refined at all,
and definitely needs a polish. Some of the penmanship does seem a touch
immature; her style of continuous metaphors and descriptive examples for
comparison do become irritating, and at times seem a bit of a lazy option. Much
of the over-emphasis for impact is not necessary, and the book would probably
be improved without it.
is a good storyteller, who knows how to create suspense and, as gripping
thrillers go, there is universal appeal in her writing.
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