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Posted March 3, 2003
Jan Gleiter does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life in The House by the Side of the Road. She is also great at confusing those of us who think we may have the answer in the end. I loved the main character, Meg Kessinger and her extremely witty dialog. In this one book you have humor and suspense rolled into one. The characters are wonderful and the mystery that underlies all their interactions is very compelling, which makes the outcome a surprise. I couldn't put this one down and stayed up late into the night to finish it (and, of course, scared myself out of a couple hours sleep). Thank you Jan for a great book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2003
But you didn't expect me to give it, like, one star, did you? I mean, why would I have bothered to type all those pages if I didn't think it was good? (For some reason, this will come out without any paragraph breaks. So it will end up looking really stupid.) I'm not sure if I should write a "customer" review when I wrote the book, but I don't actually see why not. Besides, I have to have a way to respond to "Bookworm from WV," who was bothered by italicized words and, in general, bored. There's not much I can say about his boredom except that I'm sorry. (I'm guessing that Bookworm is male because I haven't met any women who found my characters' chumminess the least bit unlikely.) But, about the italics, I'm mystified. I just opened the book and ran through 15 pages and found only one italicized word, which was italicized because it was a word used as a word. (I hope that made sense; it's how we writer/editor people describe a use like "The problem with NIGGARDLY isn't the meaning; it's what is assumed to be the meaning." In that sentence, the capitalized word is a word used as a word.) So maybe there were too many italicized words for Bookworm, but he resorted to hyperbole in describing the number. This book isn't for everyone. Anyone who likes really gritty stuff or dark psychological drama or sexual detail should just skip it. There are, undoubtedly, other reasons to skip it as well, but whatever else it lacks wasn't the result of deliberate choice. Here's a little story. My husband and I were having dinner with a friend of mine who had read my first mystery and liked it, and he asked how the second one (this one) was going. At that point (the rough draft point), my agent thought it needed more menace, so I told my friend this. He gave me one of those eye-rolling reactions and said, "More menace? Your stuff has more than enough menace. Not nearly enough sex, but plenty of menace." And my husband said, "That's because Jan follows the maxim to write what you know." See what I have to put up with? And, then, on top of that, I bored Bookworm. Sigh.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2000
There was nothing extraordinary about 'The House By the Side of the Road'. The author tries to make the dialogue more intense by italicizing at least one word on every page. A lot of the italicized words were out of context and became annoying very quickly. The plot was mediocre, the characters seemed to get chummy too quickly, and the ending was uninteresting. When I finished the novel, I found myself asking, 'What did I just read?' The story does not require great amounts of concentration to determine the killer. I would only recommend this novel to someone who had a few hours to waste while waiting in a doctor's office. This would not make my top 10 list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2011
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