Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review of 'The Katydid Effect' by Edward R Hackemer

A e-copy of the novel was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third of Edward’s books that I am reading, and I must admit that I am getting addicted to his writing. It is so enticing and fluent, I just can’t seem to be able to walk away from the computer once I get started. As I said before, Edward has a way with words. His writing is not seamless, nor very strong, yet it has an appeal that just keeps me glued to the pages. It is melodious, elegant, maintaining a beautiful balance between sophistication and simplicity.
The ‘Katydid Effect’ follows the lives of Maryanne and Alexander Throckmorton. After meeting by chance at a roadside diner in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1954, they fell in love and got married.  They traveled to their new home in Pensacola, Florida. This is a story that spans over 13 years, during which the two are confronted by secrets from the past and problems of the present, and their love and trust of one another is tested.
I have certainly said it before, and I will say it once again - Edward’s attention to detail may please some and may annoy others. His descriptions are very intricate, which at times is helpful, but more often than not unnecessary, distracting the reader from the main story. I did enjoy, however, the cornucopia of words used therein, and I can only commend the amount of research performed by the author. Beware, however, of the repetition. Too many words were repeated over and over again, to the point that they became noticeable. Using a good editor and/or a proof reader is always a good idea, as it brings a fresh perspective on the final draft.
Once again, I find that the authenticity of the era was wonderfully preserved. Congratulations on that, Edward!
Just like Edward’s previous novels, the ‘Katydid Effect’ is not a heart-pumping story; it is a relaxing read that fits beautifully the time period it describes, it is well written and definitely deserves your attention. Highly recommended!
I also wish to thank the author for sending me the wonderful soundtracks that provided me with hours and hours of bliss. Great choice of music for the novels!
Edward’s novel can be purchased on Amazon in both hard copy and Ebook format. Click HERE to access the purchase link.
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