by K. W. Garlick, 2016, Stillwater River Publications, Chepachet, RI
I was given this book to read by a friend and it looked interesting as some of the story was set in Jamestown and Prudence Islands in Rhode Island.
Alas, the book, did not meet my expectations. Even though the book was self published, it clamed to have an editor and co-editor at the end. The book is rife with sentences that were missing verbs, the wrong tense, and poor punctuation. Also, while the idea behind the book was interesting (linking a conspiracy associated with the loss of the Titanic to the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane in Rhode Island), the book failed in many other aspects. The dialogue was extremely stilted and every character spoke exactly like all the other characters. It was impossible to differentiate between the high-ranking naval officer who was head of the family and the housemaid/caregiver who grew up in Haiti. The story seemed to drag in places as the characters repeated information over and over that was previously disclosed.
I generally don’t like to disparage writing efforts that are self-published as they probably shouldn’t be held to the same standard as books published by publishing houses, but I have read some fairly good books that are self-published and some pretty bad books published normally. Even though this one is self-published and was lent to me by a friend, it is just too bad to give it a pass.