Because all it seems to care about in the lone female character (the dead wife doesn’t count) is how attractive she is. Hear me out:
I’ve been wanting a legal thriller — and since I haven’t felt like this in a while, I thought I’d try A case of redemption:
Dan Sorenson was once a high-powered New York defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two most important people in his life. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper who swears he’s innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend. Dan realizes that this may be his only hope to put his own life back on track, but as he delves deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price.
A powerful and riveting new voice in fiction, Adam Mitzner pulls out all the stops in his follow-up to the highly acclaimed A Conflict of Interest a gritty, sophisticated thriller that will draw fans of Scott Turow and John Grisham into a world of relentless suspense.
I thought it had an interesting premise, and Dan Sorenson seemed like he was undergoing a redemption arc, so I was all on board.
And then, well, I started: now, going in, the author makes it crystal clear that Dan is still grieving and descending into alcoholism, if he’s not already there. Flashbacks specifically to his family are filled with longing and regret and it paints a picture of a man who has nothing left.
Into his life walks Nina, a new lawyer herself, with a case, and suddenly, Dan will remember his wife, and then start noting how attractive Nina is. Or how her smile lights up a room and how he smiles more with her.
I wouldn’t actually have minded this if I hadn’t just been introduced to Dan and his all consuming grief, before Nina walks in and suddenly he’s realising how attractive she is and that when she asks, he won’t pour himself a drink.
It seems like this book pretty much encapsulates pacing gone wrong?
If the Nina angle had been introduced in the middle of the book, or rather Dan’s interest in her, then I’d probably still be reading this book, but no. Right in the beginning while the author is establishing Dan’s character and his grief and regret for his family that was recently killed — THAT is when it starts.
I keep thinking of this #LoveOzLit quote from Gary Kemble and how accurately it reflects this book and Nina and how often readers are told, from Dan’s POV, how pretty she is. It seems like there’s not much to her but to be the love interest for Dan and to be the catalyst that brings him this case.
To be fair, I also wondered if I was over-thinking this. I was listening to this as an audio book so maybe the act of hearing elevated the incessant reminders of her attractiveness?
Do you react to things different if you hear or read them? Would something like the incessant reminders of the beautiful female character annoy you? Or… am I over-thinking this?