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Posted February 14, 2012
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Thomas Perry has written a book with a woman as his main charact
Thomas Perry has written a book with a woman as his main character/voice who doesn’t talk, act, or think like any woman I’ve known.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You shouldn’t write from a woman’s perspective if you lack understanding of how real women think, act, and speak. Your book advances the long tradition of men – who for centuries were the only ones allowed to write/publish books – transferring their way of seeing the world onto female characters.
As anyone can quickly figure out, Mr. Perry doesn’t appear to like or admire women. His characterization is insulting to women in general, and there aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how insulting it is to intelligent, capable women in any branch of law enforcement. There may be women this stupid and helpless out there, but I can guarantee you they’re not working in law enforcement. Not for long, anyway.
And Mr. Perry, you clearly don’t have children and have never studied biology. Throughout nature, it is almost always the female of the species that defends and protects her young – viciously, ruthlessly, and without hesitation. Yet you have the main female character delaying entering a room to rescue her son by closing her eyes to pray. And then she fails to put a bullet in the kidnapper’s head the minute he’s down. Every mother I know – law enforcement or not – would have been emptying the clip into his head, with gusto.
I found particularly disturbing the minute detailing of a man beating up the main female character. It’s as if Mr. Perry isn’t content to put words in her mouth or thoughts in her head that only a man would believe a woman would say or think. He also displays his misogynistic tendencies with a blow-by-blow account of the beating.
These books are clearly Mr. Perry’s vehicle to show how clever and superior men are, even if they are sociopathic killers who are as willing to wipe out women and children as the man they were hired to kill. I kept getting the feeling you were trying to make the hitman a likable character. Again, that’s unlikely to succeed with any but your sociopathic female readers. Someone willing to harm or kill innocent children will never be likable to women.