Book Review: Twisted

Hello everyone. Happy Saturday. I hope you’ve all had a good week and wish you an even better weekend. Today, I’m posting a book review from an ARC read via NetGalley.

2 STARS

Thanks to NetGalley and The Orion Publishing Group Ltd for this Advanced Review Copy.

Twisted opens with a note from the fictitious writer, J T LeBeau, which states “On my specific instructions my publishers have not edited this text.” … All I can say is, it shows. But, of course, editors have gone through this book. They get credited in the end pages. So why the typos, bad grammar, and appalling punctuation? I get that this is an ARC, but still, by the time it goes to reviewers, this type of thing should have been sorted out. This reduced my enjoyment of the read significantly. And that’s just the start.

Because it is an ARC, I will say nothing on the formatting issues, as I trust they will be taken care of in the final version.

With so much hype about the great twists to come, I felt disappointed with this story. This isn’t a book that blew me away. Neither did it surprise me in any good way. It took a lot of work to keep reading to the end, which itself felt rushed, unplanned, and a let-down. Worse still, I didn’t gel with any of the characters. Despite a good storyline and a fair amount of suspense, this book failed to thrill. 

This book has a promising premise, and wanting to know how it would all turn out did keep me reading. 

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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8 comments on “Book Review: Twisted
  1. Jan Sikes says:

    I can’t believe any publisher let a book hit Net Galley without better editing! Wow! I’m shocked. Thanks for sharing, Harmony!

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I’m stumped. By the time a book hits Net Galley it should have gone through all editing and final galleys. My publisher would never submit anything there that wasn’t publication ready. It’s so weird about all those errors.

    That aside, it sounds like the story itself might have had some problems. I always find it hard to keep reading if I can’t connect with at least one character in a book. Hope your next read is more satisfying, Harmony!

    • Harmony Kent says:

      That’s what I thought, too, Mae. I’m currently reading I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney, and I’m loving it. So my next review here will be a pleasant one to write, lol.

  3. Staci Troilo says:

    I hope the address some of those issues before publication, but I fear the rushed ending won’t be. Thanks, Harmony.

  4. Harmony Kent says:

    Thanks, Denise. You too 😊

  5. D.L. Finn says:

    Thanks for sharing your review Harmony. Have a great weekend.

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