Recently I had a conversation with a colleague about films that seriously underwhelmed us and it gave me the inspiration to write this post! Not every book is going to be perfect, but sometimes you’re just really hoping one, in particular, will work for you, and then it doesn’t. This is a post all about those books!
The Roanoke Girls
After seeing this novel on loads of different “best of 2017” blog posts at the end of last year, I was so excited to read it. The whole book focused itself on a dark and controversial subject which I thought would be right up my alley too! Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to any of my expectations.
I found the book, overall, really depressing. You can still make a book about awful things not feel totally drab and like the world is an evil place, but this book did. I found the characters uninteresting and the controversial subject matter wasn’t as gruesome and in your face as I expected it to be.
The Polygamist’s Daughter
As morbid as this is, I was really looking forward to this being an uncomfortably up-close-and-personal account of the authors time living in an abusive polygamist cult. I have a sick fascination with the macabre (as long as things turn out nicely in the end ofc!) and that was what I was expecting out of this book.
However, this turned out to be quite a tame read when everything’s said and done. LeBaron recounts her overworked childhood and the family life of a polygamist Mormon family, however there weren’t really any shocks in the story. Honestly, it was a little bit boring.
The Chalk Man
Everyone was harping on about how amazing this novel was, and Stephen King himself said it gave him the creeps to I had massively high hopes for this.
I personally found this one pretty mediocre as far as thrillers go. There were obvious scapegoats in the story, the writing wasn’t amazing, and I didn’t think the characters were particularly memorable either. Actually, its been a few months since I’ve read this and I can barely remember the story – clearly shows I didn’t care about it an awful lot!
Between You and Me
I read this as part of a buddy read with Janel last year and we were both really looking forward to a “shocking” and “mind-bending” read. Everyone was going crazy over the plot twist in this one so I had really high hopes.
What a load of rubbish this ended up being. The story was excruciatingly repetitive, and the writing style was poor. I’m pretty sure we both spotted the plot twist from a mile off too, which just made it even more of a let down.
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
Last up is a book that’s probably a little bit of a shock to followers of the Erika Foster series. I was enjoying following this series’ characters along on their journey, so of course I picked up book number 4 to read!
This was, by far, my least favourite book in the series. Erika started to really get on my nerves with her moody and snappiness. I also found the story a lot less exciting than in book 3, plus the mystery of who our killer was is given away early in the novel, instead of being built to a big final reveal.
⭐⭐⭐ All the other Erika Foster books had been 4 stars before this.
So there you have it! That’s just a small selection of underwhelming novels I have read… I may make this into a series and make a pert 2 at some point!
Did you find any of these books underwhelming too? What books have you read that you felt sounded way better than they actually were?