Great plot line, herky-jerky follow-through
|Lynn S. Hightower|
In the case of Eyeshot, you'd better get used to it.
Hightower has created a wonderful concept for a police novel:
- how do you get the criminal when the suspect is a high profile prosecutor?
Her characters work the outside edges of the system until they can finally make their move and it is an interesting concept and quite the challenge.
Unfortunately, it is made even more challenging by Hightower's choppy plot lines. Oftentimes, I felt like I was coming in to the middle of a scene or a conversation - the characters were meeting people I did not know - nor did I get clued in until much later on. Conversations were started and spoken almost completely in the shorthand that characterizes friendships - but I'm not friends with these people so I have no idea what they're talking about! It is not a good thing to make the reader feel like the third wheel!
So, I gave the book 3 stars, which means I do recommend it. Let me explain my reasoning. The underlying plot is so strong that the annoying habits of the writer do not overcome it. Or, to put it another way (and to return to my first analogy...) - I just got used to her poor use of the stick shift!
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Eyeshot.
Reviewed March 16, 2005