Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:
Title: Lady Killer
Author: Donald White
What I liked: The ending.
What I didn’t like: The lack of distinction between spoken dialogue and inner thoughts.
Recommended Read: Maybe.
Rating: 3 stars
A tale of foul murder frustrated by forces beyond the mortal ken.
This was a strange one. Horror is something I enjoy reading, so from the description this was right up my alley. And it was, to a certain extent. The storyline was solid, and I really enjoyed the twist at the end. How everything played out in the story made for an enjoyable read.
But there were a couple of things that stood out and confused me, which ultimately took away from the reading experience.
The first of these being the biggest. There didn’t seem to be any distinction between inner dialogue and speech. All were defined by speech marks, making it appear as though they were all spoken aloud, even though some of them were clearly not. In the areas of the story where it wasn’t so clear whether the words were speech of thought this served to confuse me.
Secondly, the dialogue seemed stinted and unnatural. This was mainly because of the lack of contractions used.
Lastly is more of a personal feeling regarding horror and murder. It seemed to me that the main character, Rick, should have enjoyed the kill more, taken his time over it more. And certainly if he had killed as much as the story seems to claim, he should have been a lot less anxious over it.
Rating, I’m giving it three stars. Recommendation, I would say it’s up to the reader on this one. The book is free, though, so it might be worth a read if you’re into horror. However, I would bear in mind the points I’ve made before making that choice. Click the book cover above to be taken to Smashwords.