Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Review - The First Ten Pages - Suicide Kings by Christopher J. Ferguson

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: Suicide Kings
Author: Christopher J. Ferguson
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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

Review Comments: 
I loved how this author stole my interest in the first sentence of his story with well crafted wordology, at least, wordology, is what I call it since it can refer to a branch of knowledge. Using word pictures to set mood, tone, and raise expectations is an enviable skill; and one this writer uses wonderfully. The sun's angry rays, lethargic flakes of snow, bank of dark clouds--doesn't that scream ominous, warning, mystery? 

In the opening pages, in what should have been for Diana a simple walk to the church to meet her mother, was not what it seemed at first. And to be late for such an occasions--is that even forgivable? Next comes the morbid and shocking words whispered in her ear by a stranger who disappeared before she could gather her wits enough to follow. Altogether, a very nice first ten pages that would, I think, make any reader take this home.

Quote from Book:
~ Only the dimmest light seeped in from the open doorway below. If she lost her footing, if she fell, she’d go down twenty feet of the steepest stairs she’d ever climbed, hitting stone after stone. ~

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