Author – Shitij Sharma
Genre – Thriller, Romance
142 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted
20 - 2017
My impressions: wordy, repetitive, weak needy lovers, vicious bad guys.
The main characters:
Majid – Russian gangster
Kaya – Majid’s niece.
Samar – the male lover.
The Girl from Rastov is largely narrative. Apparently, the author doesn’t know about the axiom, Show Don’t Tell.
The thriller portion is a backdrop to provide the catalyst for moving the romance story forward. There is a viable love story here but the writing drags it down. I wanted to like both of the young lovers but never developed empathy for either of them.
The Russian characters are mean and vicious. Kaya eventually learns the uncle she adored was one of the killers.
There are many issues with the writing of this story that overshadow the story being told.
There is a continuity problem when an initial shooting scene presents five men present, but when the scene is retold the details change and only three men are present.
The editing is poor with many missing, misspelled, extra and wrong words along with many missing commas. The frequent mixing of past and present tense in the same sentence is confusing.
Repetitive word usage in the same sentence is boring.
Sentence structure is poor and in need of reorganization or rewriting. Example: As he raced his car out of the apartment. – Was he running alongside the car racing it? Was the car really parked inside the apartment building?
For the reasons detailed above I can’t strongly recommend this story.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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