1 out of 4 stars
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Maria in her teenage develops love-like feelings for a child molester, Tyler Staples, when she couldn't differentiate between love and affection. To avoid this dramatic situation, she manages not to confess and confines it in a secret. On the other side, Tyler is imprisoned for his crimes and Emilia who is Tyler's cousin and Maria's friend is transferred to the Child Improvement Center of the city for her involvement. Leaving her past behind Maria chooses a challenging job in the law department and marries a handsome man Ron. Her fantasy relives in her when she learns about Tyler. The guilt of betraying her family took over her, so she must concede but will she ever brave out in front of her family? Will she really move forward and leave her virtual ecstasy behind? Even if she will, where life will lead her to?
The Neighbour at Number 18 (Reload) is a fictional novel by Hawa Crickmore. It is the story of Maria narrated by the author herself. A hint of commentary is noticeable in the text. The 216 pages of the book are divided into 20 chapters. Honestly, the moment I initiated the book I was bored with it. I eventually decided to quit it then I thought to give the ending a try and it was not much of a difference. I was still not impressed with it. Talking about the story only, it has a better start but it struggled to get a decent ending.
Maria as the main character was the only one who I could see as a personality. The other characters were underdeveloped. There were a lot of characters in the story. I felt like the writer didn't consider their detailing. They were involved in events with Maria but not in an equally satisfied manner. I wanted to read more of Ron's character. However, the author gave Emilia a happy ending. Her story was more interesting to read than Maria's.
Many concepts of the book were not given elaboration. At least the important events should be detailed like Emma's delivery (Maria's stepdaughter). It felt like all of a sudden her baby was born. Furthermore, the investigation part was good. The few dialogues in the book were boring and contained mistakes. The book has erotic content. Because of a few dialogues, the story appeared highly paced and more like an incidence.
The language is stylish and standard but with plenty of mistakes. I am not sure if the wrong version was uploaded or its proofreading was not done because a lot of grammatical mistakes, spell errors, incorrect tense, missing and false punctuation were concurrent from the beginning. In fact, the writer confused me with mistakenly typing the wrong names of the characters. I got used to them because of their consistency.
I also think that the title of the book is not justified. If the writer chose an important event of Maria's life for the title then she didn't emphasize it as such. I think the story should be focused on that event only. It lacks a cover page also. There is the usage of vulgar in the text. I could not recommend it to any particular. I do not want the readers to regret their time investment.
I can only give it 1 star out of 4 because of its poor editing, ill-defined concepts, and underdeveloped characters. Overall, the book is incomplete. No doubt the writer has the potential to give great stories but sadly it is not one of them.
The Neighbour At Number 18 (Reload)
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