Wednesday, July 22, 2015
What are some of the reasons a book disappoints?
The initial premise of the book turns out to be a red herring. I don't mind red herrings but if the reason the book intrigued you turns out to be nothing clever at all, it's a disappointment.
The denouement goes on too long. Try the last thirty pages. And what if you have arrived at most of the explanation before the detective does? I think a writer has to assume this has happened to some extend so a long exposition or even dialog explaining it is a bad idea.
The murderer is a serial killer with Mommy issues. And we get a long explanation of how this came about. Either his mother was a bad one or his mother was a victim that needs to be avenged.
Too many of the characters seems to share the same basic traits: angry, sarcastic, sad.
What are some of the reasons a book disappoints you?