Monday, November 15, 2010

Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan- Review

I have to say, after reading the Strangers Outside I was disappointed by Drowned Sorrow.  A short novella horror story, I was expecting a fast paced read that would likely only last me a day tops, instead I ended up dragging it out for several days often putting it down a page or two into reading because I just wasn't getting into it.

Now to be fair I don't think it was a character development thing, her characters were nicely fleshed out for a short story, but they did some unbelievable things at the end which I thought didn't jive with the development throughout the start of the book.  But my biggest complaint was really the editing. 

Possibly this was just my copy but there were repeated paragraphs I had to read twice to understand. For instance Megan and her daughter arrive at the beach and comment on how it's empty, than one sentence later are commenting on all the people.  Or they would be on a walk and suddenly the dog would be with them.  It was very confusing.  And I'm guessing it was the biggest reason I became so put off and kept loosing interest.

But at the very end, the kicker was the twist.  After half a week of thinking about it, I still don't see how the twist made sense with the rest of the story, but that could just be because I was too busy trying to understand what was happening one paragraph at a time.

Of course this is just my opinion, to be taken with a grain of salt as I have read other reviews of the story who liked it more than I did.  Check them out and decide for yourself:
Reader Reccomended

Drowned Sorrow, by Vanessa Morgan
Published by Llumina Press December  2008

Kindly emailed a copy from the author, Vanessa Morgan

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