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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman

The Real Enemy had received a lot of acclaim from respected authors who say it's very suspenseful and holds one's attention until the end. But in a world of mediocre fiction, The Real Enemy blends in with the rest.
It's about the first female sheriff of a certain small town in Tennessee. Her first big case is seven disappearances of people in seven days. There seems to be no connection to their disappearances except that they all disappeared on consecutive days. On top of that, she's having marriage and family troubles.
I don't really see any difference in this plot and with many other mysteries like it. The characters are just average and the end easy to figure out.
Having a "suspenseful" hostage scene at the end is never something you should do unless you aren't going to have the hostages escape.
Some people will like this book, but I didn't really find any enjoyment or original about it. The best thing about it is that it's well written. She wrote it as good as she could have except for the hostage scene at the end.
But basically, this story has been done before by many, many female authors. And the fact that the book has a sequel doesn't ease my dislike.
My hope is that a female author besides Angela Hunt will find some originality in her writing.
2.5 stars

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