Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Sleeper

What Came Before He Shot Her, by Elizabeth George put me to sleep about midway through the book. Generally, Ms. George is an interesting writer but she missed her mark with this one. If I were to believe this story, all Black Brits have some serious issues. Luckily, I don’t believe it.

In this case, “what came before he shot her” was sad. “He” or Joel Campbell is a boy of mixed race who, along with his younger brother Toby and older sister Ness, has lost both parents – one by death and one due to mental illness. Then his grandmother ups and leaves for Jamaica leaving the three youngsters with their aunt. So Joel has a lot of baggage although he’s basically a good kid.

This book is full of repetition and boredom. Leave it be and move on to something more interesting.

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