I just wanted to point out here that I’m not completely against wholly plot-driven books. It’s just the ones that have horrendously stereotypical and forgettable characters that I have grudges against.
Also, gentlemen. If you write a goddamned female character, please make her believable. When you open the book with the female protagonist sobbing in her room for a week because life has lost meaning after her engagement was broken…the brain shuts down.
I will admit that I didn’t make it page 150 of this book. But, honestly, if it hasn’t caught my interest by 150 pages, the book becomes a waste of time—as this one was. Furthermore, I had to keep flipping back so I could remember the name of the female protagonist; constantly forgetting her name because she’s such a stock character is never a sign of good quality.
I’d like to add that anyone who says the characters aren’t the basest of common tropes needs shaken—hard. They’ve clearly never seen well-rounded characters and shouldn’t be allowed to comment on such a thing.
Of course, part of the reason I didn’t like what I read was because the story is completely plot driven. While the painfully stereotypical Miss Temple and ‘Cardinal Chang’ were so woefully forgettable, I found myself quickly interested in what the antagonists were doing. Of course, a lot of it didn’t seem particularly realistic (because the FIRST thing I do when I’m in a strange house is masturbate…yes. And because after some strange man beats me, a little fingering from him really makes me feel better; at least the latter woman was on drugs at that point), but I was still curious.
I don’t recommend it, though I commend anyone who made it past Miss Temple’s sickening temper tantrum in the beginning.