I was going to participate in CSFF’s tour for Vanished by Kathryn Mackel, had a very lovely review praising it as the model suspense novel with the one “small” problem of being technically only half a novel, ending without any of the questions raised answered, without a climax, or any sort of resolution, which I found disappointing. Had this very lovely review all nice and posted.
And now it’s not.
Apparently the mist that ate Barchester also ate my review.
Or maybe it was my accursed webhost. You decide.
Wow, that’s really too bad. I would love to hear what you have to say about the book in more detail.
Have you checked the Drafts folder? I’m surprised you’d lose something with WordPress. They save automatically now, so it seems almost impossible. But that’s because I have this very limited understanding of the technology.
Gahhhh! It makes me crazy when that happens.
I read the book when it first came out and like you it was tough to deal with the fact that it felt like half a book. I almost wonder it was one book that was split up by the publisher. There is another writer I know who was faced with that happening to one of her books.
Becky: it almost has to be my blankety blank webhost. I have NEVER had this happen to me before. It is incredibly disheartening when it does.
Tina: yup, crazy is putting it mild! I had pretty strong words on that. As I said, my review read, basically, “This is the definition of Christian Suspence, but . . . ” and devote nearly all of the rest of it to ranting about getting only half a novel. Well, I tried to be nice about it, but as a reader, that left me very angry. My inclination is the same as yours. The novel literally reads like the publisher took a cleaver to it and sliced it right in half. You only get about half the traditional story arc. It almost has to be the publisher; I can’t imagine an author who writes like that willfully doing that to her novel. Someone, in my opinion, took the advice “always leave them wanting more” too literally.
Lesson to kings, er, publishers. Cutting books in half is about as healthy as cutting children in half.
BTW, I’ve seriously said the same thing I said in the vanished review (ha ha), just in fewer words 🙂 Having to rewrite the same darn thing teaches me brevity.
this is not a stunt btw. My review about Vanished did indeed vanish.
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