21 Dares by JC Gatlin

Title: 21 Dares
Author: JC Gatlin
Genre: Suspense/ Thriller
Pages: 270
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
My Rating: 3⭐

21 Dares is a suspense/thriller novel. I was hooked to the novel from the very first page. The idea of 21 dares for the 21st birthday of Abbie Reed seemed interesting. A stalker, therapist with a tattoo Abbie had seen years ago, a friend appearing after years, all helped in creating a suspenseful plot. It had a great amount of spookiness and ghoulishness with unpredictable twists. The twists kept me guessing forever.

But there were too many references to cartoon characters and TV shows which made the story irritating. Repetitive use of some words like Abbie Reed calling her father by name, Buffy, ghouls, unicorn necklace etc. fills up half of the novel. Constant promotion of Vitamin Ritamin by Rocky was intolerable. There were too many grammatical errors as well.

For the sake of making the climax unpredictable, the author took to a really unsatisfying ending. The context of the climax was unclear and more than that unrealistic. It seemed a forceful ending without enough reasoning for what happened and why. Some characters show up out of nowhere without any explanation.

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