Cook is a good writer with a circular prose that can becoming irritating after a while, especially in a suspense book. I assume readers want a suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat with little nuggets of information that sway you from “who did it?” to “I think he did it.” Unfortunately, Cook’s novel, Red Leaves, left me dry for most of the book until the end. It was always pegged on one character so there wasn’t much guessing, only waiting. I yearned to hear more about the case from the officers so I could weed through evidence with them but instead, I was left to conjecture with the main character. A main character that spends more time imagining things than actually doing anything. I absolutely dislike weak main characters because I find it makes the book as blah as their personality. This was my first book from Thomas Cook so I’m still on the fence about seeking out another.
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