I have a new book review out in The Washington Independent Review of Books. It’s a review of The Poison Artist, a mystery thriller by Jonathan Moore. You can check it out here:
The review does not compare the novel to others in its genre because to do so would have been to deliver a big spoiler, but I cannot resist setting out one sentence here on the matter. So I suggest you read the review first. And if the book interests you, read it before reading the following two sentences of this post:
It’s not that the book fails to be entertaining and engaging. It’s just that Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense (a film), and Denis Lehane’s Shutter Island did it better.
If you have read the book and then read the sentence above, I’d be interested to hear whether you agree or disagree. Perhaps we can discuss it, along with what Moore might have done differently to make his book succeed at their level.