Happy Wednesday all!
Fairly short rant today, offsetting last week's long one ;).
No one likes to be lied to. Readers really don't like to be lied to. I don't like to be lied to, and that's what I feel just happened with a book I just finished.
Writers can mislead readers, that's a big part of what we do--but we shouldn't lie.
In this case the author ( a NYT bestseller who is quite awesome even though I'm annoyed with this one book) set up a nice little paranormal mystery. We had a small town with lots of who did what to whom in the past, murder, mayhem, possible satanic rituals. Very well done.
Now comes the annoying parts- one- I figured out who the person behind it all way too early. Two- I got it wrong. Now I'm not mad I got it wrong, because I did get the right body- but the author did a body switch for a person of massive evilness in the main character's past. It was a cheat in my mind.
But what really annoyed me? All of that "who killed who, who slept with who, why they did what they did", was all throw away. ALL OF IT. The evil one who took over the body was just trying to lure the heroine out. None of the people in that town meant a thing to the "actual" story.
So that left the reader (aka me in this case) feeling like I'd been working on a really great puzzle, then had all the pieces taken away because they didn't matter.
I was lied to by the author.
Now, like I said, this was a big name, very good selling author. Will it put me off from all of her future books? Probably not, I'll give her one more chance, but if this happens again, you betchya she's going into my "do not read" list.
Now what if this had been a new author? Directly to the "do not read" list. This was, in my mind, an awful thing to do to a reader and left a bad taste in my mouth about the author.
So, fellow writers- DON'T LIE. Nuff said ;).