Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Have you ever been on one of those carnival rides that swings you back and forth, gaining speed, climbing higher with each swing, until momentum fails and you sail back down and up the other side?  Eventually there is a moment where you swing high enough that the cage pauses for just a second at the top of the arc before tipping over the top, bringing you down the other side in a new direction.  

That is how I felt reading Janet Evanovich's newest Stephanie Plum novel.  There were moments when the momentum built in one direction, nearly to the tipping point . . . but not quite.  Then the story swings in the other direction, gaining speed again as we reach the point of no return . . . and fall backwards once again.  It was fun, but it lacked that climactic moment of decision and new direction.  In the end the ride slows and everything returns to it's usual spot. . . and we wait, somewhat less enthusiastically, for the next ride.


  1. I haven't read this book, but I truly love this analogy. Been there, done that.

  2. I've read all of them up to 16, 17 and now 18. My daughter has those three and I'll read them when she is done. She and I were speculating about when Evanovch wll end this series. We thought it might be with 18 since it came out so quickly after 17. And now, I read your review and thinking - she didn't end it after all. I know, I need to read it myself and find out. But I do love the way you leave me hanging.

  3. I've never read anything of hers; but I do understand your review; just waiting for that thing to happen that never does. Lackluster almost even though parts are exciting. I'll have to read some of her things down the line.

    thanks for the review!


  4. I got bored at Eleven. But I am looking forward to the movie!

  5. Sounds good! I can't wait to check it out on audio from!