I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
My reviewing calendar was at capacity when Narc emailed me about reviewing his book, but I found the blurb intriguing, making me immediately accept his request. Read on to find out if the book measured up to my expectations.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m curious. What will he be like? What will he look like? How tall will he be?” Tonight, Emma embarks on her first-ever blind date. Mark’s not what she expected. Emma’s not what he expected. Whoever set these two up knew this beforehand…1-Tattoos. 2-Wine. 3-Pills. 4-Blindfolds. 5-Handcuffs. 6-Sex. In twenty-four hours, Emma experiences five of the six; Mark, two. This innocent rendezvous has guilt written all over it!
Trigger warning: Rape
Blindsided is the story of Emma, a shoe designer, who’s set up on a blind date with Mark by an exclusive dating company, BlindSided. The night of the date, a chain reaction of events occurs, resulting in rape, death, and a drawn out police investigation. The murderer is found but how the police gather witnesses and evidence surrounding the murder forms the rest of the story.
To start off with the positives, Blindsided has an intriguing story. There are quite a few twists, interesting detective work, and a story you’ll want to see through to the end.
However, the writing and characters made Blindsided a dull read for me. The characters were all one-dimensional and lacking in depth. I was not able to root for any of the main characters, no matter how high their highs or how low their lows.
And the writing did not help these characters either, for I felt it was more “telling” than “showing”. For instance, I don’t want to be told Emma is disappointed, I want to be shown exactly how she’s become disappointed.
Another problem I had was the narration. This book takes the omniscient narrator to a whole new level. Narration in this book is often accompanied by one or two lined sentences, center-aligned and in bold, smack dab in the middle of the story. Think stage directions in play scripts!
Here’s an example from the second half of the book about LAPD detective Santorini, who starts thinking of her past work in the Italian State Police. The book doesn’t go on to show us what her past was like, no. Instead, the omniscient narrator says this:
“Santorini used to be a police officer in Italy?
Let’s look into her past to get the full picture.”
These frequent breaks in the flow of the story to include narration in bold took the enjoyment out of reading this novel for me.
In all, Blindsided has an interesting story that is let down by the writing and characters. As always, it could just be me, but I’m sure anyone like yours truly who enjoys a good thriller wouldn’t want distracting spoilers in bold and centre aligned before they can read the sentences leading up to the spoiler.