Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Dead Wrong: Patricia Stotley, January 7—9, 2015
My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊
Dead Wrong has an exciting premise: an accidental suitcase switch sees a dangerous criminal and runaway wife entangled in a dangerous game. It’s not original but it’s the collision of lives that makes for a thrilling read.
The opening scene is brilliantly written and draws the reader straight into the drama, and Stotley’s narration adapts to suit the voice of each scene’s key character.
Despite all of these ingredients, Dead Wrong fails to pull it off. Fat Ass Sammy is irredeemably unpleasant, with many of his thoughts uncomfortable to read. It’s as if Stotley revels in his offensive depravity; he’s just too crude to be believable.
A bigger issue is that our protagonist Lynnette is also quite unlikeable. The initial sympathy for her character disappears and she soon grates. Her association with Grace and Blue is baffling and far-fetched.
It’s disappointing because I had so much goodwill towards this piece. It is with regret that it seems this book is Dead Wrong by name, dead wrong by nature.
Disclaimer: the publishers provided an advance review copy free of charge for the purpose of review.