. . . this will be a different post from the one I'd planned. With a little good luck, the one I intended will be in this spot next Wednesday.
So moving right along, as I'm rarely without something to yammer about, I thought I'd chat about the book I'm reading. A generic discussion.
It's by one of my favorite authors and is, so far, one of her better books. And I'm surprised to say that because on page one there's a major stumbling block for me.
The author is asking me to accept something that doesn't ring true to me at all. After I read the opening chapter last Friday, I sat the book aside for the weekend. I was too busy to have much reading time anyway, so while it dozed on my desk, I tried at times to figure out how the premise presented on the first page could have occurred.
The book isn't science fiction, fantasy, or horror, where you know things will be different. It's suspense, and the premise is something rooted in the everyday.
When I picked up the book Monday, I'd decided to just accept that it had occurred by whatever reason - a fluke, a string of good luck, exceptional attention to detail, total lack of skill, whatever.
So as I sighed and turned to the second chapter, I was transported into another character's point of view. And I've stayed there. I'm now at the halfway point.
It's a page-turner for me. The character's voice, her predicament, the pacing - it's all there.
I know there's a connection between events happening to the protagonist and the characters in the first chapter, but I don't know what it is or how it's going to resolve.
The almost outlandish premise presented by this author is one thing. She's somewhat well-known with a large enough following, I'm sure. If anyone else questioned this [or maybe it's just me] they took a leap of faith. As I did.
I don't think newer authors should try this at home if they want to be read beyond the first page. Not in today's tough market.
But this time, I'm glad I trusted the author enough to turn the page.