False Starts

Last week I mentioned that my reading so far this month seemed to be going pretty slowly and I think I know why I felt this way, because I’ve encountered a couple of DNF books.

The first one was The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver. I had wanted to read a book by this author of the popular Lincoln Rhyme series so I started this standalone book. This story starts off when someone calls 911 from a vacation cabin after a home invasion. Maybe I shouldn’t have started off this book in the evening or I don’t know but after about 35 pages I just couldn’t go on. So it goes back on the shelf.

The next one was Birdman by Mo Hayder. Again, another author I’d heard so much about but after about 30-40 pages into the story I just felt like I had walked into the middle of a well-established series. I lost track of characters and it was getting quite gruesome and probably not exactly what I should be reading right before going to sleep.

To be honest, I think it was more of “me” and not the books. I had finished a couple of thrillers recently and probably should have ventured into a different type of mystery – maybe a cozy for a change of pace? Ah well, I am sure I’ll go back to these books eventually but for now they’ll wait.

I did read The Automatic Detective by A.Lee Martinez and that was a nice change of pace, for a while at least. I was amused by the beginning of the story with the set up of a world inhabited by highly evolved robots, mutants and even a talking gorilla. This is so not my type of book but again I was entertained. However, around the middle there’s a big reveal and then I got a bit tired of suspending disbelief. This is one I read for my mystery book group so I did finish it, but I’ll tell you more about it later.

For now, I think what I really need is to just revisit with one of my favorite sleuths. How about you, any false starts lately?

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