Yesterday was a bad day for reading. I started two books and gave up on both of them for very similar reasons. Usually when I quit reading a book, it’s because I found it boring, poorly written, or it contains too much content I’m uncomfortable with. For these two books, it was definitely content.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Based on the quirky cover and the back jacket copy, I expected this to be a humorous, somewhat lighthearted murder mystery. I was thinking more along the lines of “cozy”, but this book definitely didn’t fit that description.
While it’s well written, it had too much content that made me squirm uncomfortably. There was a lot of gruesome horror in the book, along with strong language (f-words), domestic violence, and discussion of sexual acts that happened between the murder victim and her boyfriend. I only made it about 50 pages in before I quit reading.
The right person (one who isn’t bothered by mature content) will have better luck with this book. It’s quirky, different, and it sucks you in, but it just wasn’t for me.
Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner
I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon and I started reading it yesterday because I was in the mood for an adult thriller (not “adult”) that didn’t play a heavy romance card. Unfortunately, Chaos Born was more than I bargained for and I only made it through one chapter. The first chapter describes the gruesome assassination of an undressed man at a brothel. Not my thing. I deleted the book from my Kindle.
So there you have it. I quit reading both books yesterday. I’m going to keep going with my list of books for the month and see if I don’t have better luck with the rest of them.