Stephanie McCarthy

Slightly Used

In Book Reviews on November 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Just finished Cards on the Table.  It was good but I didn’t like the way Christie manipulated the reader.  It kept going back to the psychology of the card players and the fact that only one of them could have committed the crime and then Poirot saying, mon ami, it could only have been ______________ and then the person switched every time.  At the end I felt a bit used.

I did like the fact that, as an author, you can manipulate both the psychology of your characters as well as your reader.  But you can also go too far.

Have you ever felt badly used by an author?  What was the book?


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