2 out of 4 stars
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Jo screamed and crawled into the corner of her room when she heard the sound of breaking glass. A stranger appeared and rescued her from the flames in her house. Jim stayed at her hospital bedside and kept watch over her. When she left the hospital, Jim took her into his home, where they worked together to discover who wanted to harm her.
Jim and Jo spied Detective Miller following them. Can they trust the police? What was Miller doing at Jo’s house taking pictures of her through the window? Someone was trying to steal a valuable object in Jo’s possession. Will Jim be able to protect Jo from these criminals who are willing to burn down her house, with her inside, to obtain their prize?
Make Me Tick by Nick Carr is an adventure/thriller with a fair amount of humor and romance. The thirteen chapters and 97 pages go by fairly quickly. The story takes place in England, where the characters travel by train, wear trousers, drink tea, and claim things to be “bloody good.”
I thought the author did an excellent job with the adventure theme of the story. The fire in Jo’s apartment was the beginning of several twists and turns that created suspense and excitement. Inspector Danforth directed the investigation with the assistance of Detective Miller.
There are sexual innuendos throughout the book, but no explicit scenes. The b**ch word appears several times. The relationship between Jim and Jo would have made more sense if more backstory had been given for these two characters. Instead, from the very beginning, they developed a sexual relationship with Jo jumping from the hospital bed into Jim’s bed. He wasted no time accepting her insinuations: “We could stay, if you like,’ she said, teasing him.’” Almost every conversation between Jo and Jim devolved into sexual banter.
The book is in dire need of another round of editing. Numerous sentences did not end in a period. Missing capital letters and commas, along with incorrect paragraph spacing, plagued the text. The errors became frustrating as it seemed that no effort had been made to edit or polish the final draft.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The author developed an interesting story line around the main character, using twists and new information to make it a fast-paced adventure. Nevertheless, the vast number of grammar and punctuation errors, together with the lack of backstory to explain the relationship between the two main characters, made my interest wane. The mystery theme of the book would entertain people who enjoy suspense with a British flair. If sarcasm is not your cup of tea, you might not understand the author’s sense of humor.
Make Me Tick
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