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I had trouble with this lesbian debut novel

Review of ‘Moon Shadow’ by Suzie Clarke

I… had trouble with this lesbian debut novel. The writing style wasn’t bad, so that wasn’t it, but I just couldn’t get into this book emotionally. This one started off with a bang and I was immediately interested in the storyline. Four women surviving a plane crash and on the run from a crazy dude? Yes, please! Unfortunately, the more this book went on, the more I realized that I didn’t care about any of the characters whatsoever and the story was falling flat. The scary bad dude wasn’t all that scary since there were no real encounters with him, the romance between two characters felt super co-dependent and very stilted, and I still don’t understand some of the choices that the author made towards the end.

To be blunt, the language used felt debut-ish at times, but it was easy to follow and the writing style was enjoyable for the most part though. Honestly, the survival bits of this story were the best parts for me, although some of the situations felt way too convenient, and I could have tossed all of the romance out the window. I’m being a bit harsh here, but this one felt amateurish to me overall even though it is very readable. However, I’m sick and not in the kindest of moods, so take my review with a grain of salt. For me, 2.5 stars.

Many thanks to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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