Sunday, July 8, 2018

Falling: An Angel in Disguise Book 1 by MK Lansbury

I love the idea of this story, but the execution fell short. The story is pitched as a romance but is really part romance, part murder mystery, part paranormal investigation, and part soap opera. None of the genres truly stand out as the main storyline. The novella has 10 chapters, which is not uncommon. The real disappointment is that each chapter is 3 pages, at most. The whole book can be read in an hour. The combination of the short format and the multiple genres makes the story feel rushed and unfinished. Although it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there is no closure for any of the story arcs either. This is probably because the story is designed as book 1 in a series.

Teresa could be interesting and Gabe is mysterious, but neither character is very well developed. By the end of the story, the reader knows very little about either. The other characters are classic tropes with an unrealistic obviousness about their roles. Sudden epiphany is used to force characters to change their core personality to better fit the narrative. Plot hints are also obvious and leave nothing for the reader to guess about.

The story needed to be longer to fully develop the characters and give them time to work out the various issues. As it stands, it reads like a draft version of a novel that is still in the development stages. There is also a lack of content editing as some sections of the story literally make no sense. I love the concept for this book and truly believe that with a little more focus and editing the story could be really good.