A dear friend and fantastic editor finished reading "The book." Good news and bad news.
Well let me back up...
Every night before I go to bed I read. I have been doing this since I was in middle school. It is a way to let my mind wonder and my muscles relax. My favorite books are historical suspense. I recently finished a book. It had a great plot line. The history was fascinating. The cover was beautiful. The writer is a New York Times bestseller. But...there were a million characters. I am not sure who the protagonist was suppose to be. The characters were so flat I didn't care what situation the writer but them in. I was only interested in the history behind the story.
This week I picked up a different book. The writer took ten years to write it. The first chapter made me fall in love with the character and was so powerful it took my breath away. Each chapter I become more and more terrified for his safety. There is not an extraneous person or scene. It is tightly written and beautiful in every way.
Well...back to my best friend's review.....
- There are way too many characters. (I have cut 20 from the original. Guess I need to keep going.)
- The main character is too wishy washy. Take it I need to work on his likability. (At least she knows who the main character is.)
- She hated the ending.
- There were timeline issues.