Like Emma Viskic, Candice Fox believes crime fiction should have hills and valleys and maybe stretches of humour even. And that pretty much sums up everything I want in a crime novel, I think.
But it also got me to thinking about a review of a book I DNF-ed and couldn’t quite articulate why until now: the first two parts, about 44 per cent (kindle) were flat — there were no excitement explosions, and it was instead a lengthy setting up of the main character and his training. The literary equivalent of a training montage, but not as exciting.
My goodness, I was bored. There was no change in anything.
The main character had nothing to like either — he didn’t like himself so there wasn’t much room for humour or anything else except self-loathing and I didn’t like him enough to give the second half a chance.
Have you had books which have nailed their scenes like Emma or Candice describes? Or which ones have surprised you with how flat they are?