Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Rag Doll by Joe Cosentino

 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 reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Rag Doll 
Author: Joe Cosentino
Genre: Mystery
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Review Rating: *** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll Read Ten More Pages

Review Comments: 
The plot elements are set up nicely in these first pages. The main characters are on stage and the stakes have been clearly defined. However, I didn't feel any emotional connection to Jana. Danger seemed to be an ordinary aspects of her life which she wasn't concerned about, so I picked up the same attitude. In short, it was just going to be business as usual. Of course, this is only the first ten pages, things could change quickly, so I'd probably read a little further.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
Jana, an actress who's been in the business since she was five, but has a pattern of taking acting jobs that embroil her in murder and intrigue which she eventually solves as an amateur sleuth. She has a loving husband who tries to protect her and a small son.

Quote from Book:
"...You have nightmares about it. Your nightmares turn to reality. You get attacked, and just in the nick of time you turn the tables on the murderer.”

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