Review by Mbrooks2518 -- Perfect Fairways... Hidden Lies

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Review by Mbrooks2518 -- Perfect Fairways... Hidden Lies

Post by Mbrooks2518 » 27 Jun 2019, 22:24

[Following is a volunteer review of "Perfect Fairways... Hidden Lies" by Robert Marier.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In Perfect Fairways…Hidden Lies (the first in the Harry Knight FBI series) by Robert Marier, someone is brutally killing young women all around the country. The FBI becomes involved after the third victim is found. As they investigate, a fourth woman is killed in Florida, and the case ends up in Agent Harry Knight’s hands. He and his team quickly realize that the perpetrator is a part of the golf world and work to narrow down their suspect pool. They soon zero in on a suspect, but he suddenly leaves for Mexico. Can the FBI find and catch the murderer before he kills again?

The story jumps straight into the action with the first chapter covering the discovery of the first three victims. This is a more straight forward crime novel that does not have any plot twists. The investigators quickly figure out who the killer is, and the second half of the book is focused on trying to locate and capture him. So if you are someone who enjoys plot twists, this may not be the book for you.

Agent Harry Knight was well characterized with plenty of details given of his background. However, Marier was inconsistent in how he treated other characters’ characterization. He gave some details of the backstory of two detectives that were minor characters, while there was no backstory given for an FBI agent that was much more involved in the story.

There were also times that I felt that there were too many unnecessary details included. A good example of this is when a detective had to show a bartender a picture of their suspect to see if it is the same man he saw with one of the victims, and he tells another investigator that it was the bartender’s day off, and the detective had to find him at home. Some of the added details, although unnecessary, didn’t bother me much, but others hindered the flow of the story a bit.

There were also numerous editing mistakes, primarily missing or unnecessary commas. However, most of these errors were small and did not bother me much. Due to these editing flaws and the issues I had with the characterization and writing, I am giving this book 3 out of 4 stars. If I was allowed to, I would have given it 2.5 stars. However, I did not feel that these problems were bad enough to warrant 2 stars.

This book is on the shorter side at 180 pages, so it’s a good choice for anyone looking for a quicker read. The murders were also not gory or graphically described. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys detective novels, especially if they also like golf.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 29 Jun 2019, 15:37

I was gonna give this a chance because whoever heard of a golfer murdering people? However, the inconsistency of the characterisation you mentioned turned me off. Thanks for the review, though.
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Post by kdstrack » 29 Jun 2019, 18:18

This looks interesting. The break of the story into two parts keeps the focus clear. Making the killer a golfer probably threw off investigators for quite a while! Escaping to Mexico adds an interesting twist to the story. Great review.

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Post by Kelyn » 29 Jun 2019, 22:21

I'm not much on murder mysteries and the problems with characterization would bother me immensely. I believe I'll give this one a pass. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 29 Jun 2019, 22:28

I have always liked thriller books, and I think this one should be read. Wonderful review!

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The book seems so interesting to me, i liked the genre.

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Post by Charlie19 » 30 Jun 2019, 02:06

I might give time to read this book , sounds informative and entertaining.

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Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 30 Jun 2019, 03:46

I like a good quick read and sees to me this read meet my expectations, but I do hope the author takes your word into consideration. Thanks for the head's up!

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I like mysteries and crime novels so this book is intriguing to me. Thanks for a great review!
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Post by Wambui-nj » 30 Jun 2019, 09:00

Sounds like a thrilling crime story. Will definitely look into it.

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:12

This sounds quite interesting and your review does justice to the book! Great review!

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 01 Jul 2019, 11:56

Nisha Ward wrote: ↑
29 Jun 2019, 15:37
I was gonna give this a chance because whoever heard of a golfer murdering people? However, the inconsistency of the characterisation you mentioned turned me off. Thanks for the review, though.
Kelyn wrote: ↑
29 Jun 2019, 22:21
I'm not much on murder mysteries and the problems with characterization would bother me immensely. I believe I'll give this one a pass. Thanks for the review!
It wasn't a big issue for me, but if you like good characterization then it would probably be a bigger problem for you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 01 Jul 2019, 12:01

kdstrack wrote: ↑
29 Jun 2019, 18:18
This looks interesting. The break of the story into two parts keeps the focus clear. Making the killer a golfer probably threw off investigators for quite a while! Escaping to Mexico adds an interesting twist to the story. Great review.
Ekta Swarnkar wrote: ↑
29 Jun 2019, 22:28
I have always liked thriller books, and I think this one should be read. Wonderful review!
Charlie19 wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 02:01
The book seems so interesting to me, i liked the genre.
Charlie19 wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 02:06
I might give time to read this book , sounds informative and entertaining.
Scarlet Nicoll wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 03:46
I like a good quick read and sees to me this read meet my expectations, but I do hope the author takes your word into consideration. Thanks for the head's up!
Prisallen wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 08:26
I like mysteries and crime novels so this book is intriguing to me. Thanks for a great review!
Wambui-nj wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 09:00
Sounds like a thrilling crime story. Will definitely look into it.
Nivi Gideon wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2019, 13:12
This sounds quite interesting and your review does justice to the book! Great review!
Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 01 Jul 2019, 13:50

I love mystery stories and i've read a couple of them in here. Your review made me long for this book. Thanks for the review
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Post by Bluebird03 » 02 Jul 2019, 13:46

I love golf and thought the title was quite catchy. It's a pity about the errors and excess detail. Great review!

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