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Official Review: Make Me Tick by Nick Carr

Post by kdstrack » 15 Jul 2019, 16:10

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Make Me Tick" by Nick Carr.]
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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.

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Post by Letora » 17 Jul 2019, 16:31

I'm not one to enjoy character relationships that happen instantly. I would have to pass on this one. Thank you for your review!
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Post by LindRJar » 17 Jul 2019, 22:50

This sounds like it would have been a very entertaining read, however, disappointing that the relationship starts immediately and the grammatical errors would prompt me to pass on this read.

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Post by Bluebird03 » 18 Jul 2019, 08:20

The mystery aspect seems a bit more realistic than the romance. And it's a pity about all the errors in such a short read. Thank you, kdstrack, for your honest and very enjoyable review!

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Post by Wyland » 18 Jul 2019, 08:30

The story between Jim and Jo looks interesting but Ii wish a bit of back story was included as well. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Post by AKShanmar12 » 18 Jul 2019, 14:29

Well, I love a good dose of sarcasm, so that part sounds promising, but maybe I'll wait for an edited version with a little bit more development!
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Post by Prisallen » 18 Jul 2019, 14:40

I hope the author gets the errors fixed as it is almost a waste of time to go to the trouble of writing a book and then have numerous flaws in it. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 18 Jul 2019, 23:36

I agree that their relationship is unreasonable. I do recognize that this is fiction, but it should be a bit more realistic. I would never believe a guy who knew nothing about a girl invited her to live with him after her house burned down. It might make more sense if her hospital stay was long and they got to know each other very well during it, but even then I wouldn't buy it. Great review!

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Post by Kro92813 » 19 Jul 2019, 03:15

95 pages seems to be an aweful short amount of time to fill in an entire story's worth of info! I'd be curious to see how this was pulled off!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 16:28

Letora wrote:
17 Jul 2019, 16:31
I'm not one to enjoy character relationships that happen instantly. I would have to pass on this one. Thank you for your review!
That was one thing I didn't understand and which made the characters hard to relate to. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 16:36

LindRJar wrote:
17 Jul 2019, 22:50
This sounds like it would have been a very entertaining read, however, disappointing that the relationship starts immediately and the grammatical errors would prompt me to pass on this read.
I did enjoy the mystery/suspense parts of the story but thought the relationship between the two main characters was unreal. I appreciate your comments!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 16:46

Bluebird03 wrote:
18 Jul 2019, 08:20
The mystery aspect seems a bit more realistic than the romance. And it's a pity about all the errors in such a short read. Thank you, kdstrack, for your honest and very enjoyable review!
That's how I felt! I enjoyed the "bloody good" mystery!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 16:49

Wyland wrote:
18 Jul 2019, 08:30
The story between Jim and Jo looks interesting but Ii wish a bit of back story was included as well. Thanks for the wonderful review.
I felt the story would have been stronger with a deeper backstory. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 17:00

AKShanmar12 wrote:
18 Jul 2019, 14:29
Well, I love a good dose of sarcasm, so that part sounds promising, but maybe I'll wait for an edited version with a little bit more development!
Thanks for reading! I appreciate your comments!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 17:08

Prisallen wrote:
18 Jul 2019, 14:40
I hope the author gets the errors fixed as it is almost a waste of time to go to the trouble of writing a book and then have numerous flaws in it. Thank you for a great review!
Yes. That is the enigma! Thanks for reading.

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