Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Not According to Flan by Karen C. Whalen

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Not According to Flan
Author: Karen C. Whalen
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
I have to be honest. By page six I was not getting drawn into this story. Sure, poor Jane Marsh had just discovered a dead body in the neighbor's yard next door to the new house she was moving into, but still, this is a mystery, so I expect a dead body to appear. But, hold everything...page seven completely changed the tone of this story and made my heart skip a beat. In just a few sentences, the author let me know that there was a lot more going on here than I currently knew.  With an effective twist of information, I now felt as though I had to follow Jane around a little more, see what was really going on in her life. I was left with a big question that needed answering, Why Jane?

The story's hook doesn't have to come on the first page, but it surely needs to happen in the first ten pages as this author certainly proved. 

Quote from Book:
~ Had she made a mistake leaving her comfortable home to move to this northern suburb of Denver where she didn't know anyone? And where a person was killed right next door... ~



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