Too Murky and Ill-defined

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I like to read. I mostly enjoy fast-paced mystery or detective novels like those by Dan Brown and Raymond Chandler. Since I have a baby that only naps in my lap, I have a fair amount of time to read through eBooks on my phone. I recently had the pleasure of reading a new thriller by David Haskell.

Too Much Information is about issues of freedom in an age of constant surveillance. I very much enjoyed the premise of this novel. Unfortunately, I can not say the same about the execution. With such relevant topic matter, the novel easily peaked my interest. While I was compelled to see it through to the end, that was due more to my curiosity as to whether or not the book would ever come together.

Throughout the first five or six chapters I felt disorientated, as if the author was setting the audience up for a defining moment where we would have a revelation about the direction of the book – where we figure out what the mystery is that the main character is trying to solve. But I never really had that singular revelation, that a-ha! moment. I just kept getting bits and pieces of the puzzle like breadcrumbs along the way. This is, in part, because the narrative is jumpy and disjointed. On more than one occasion I had the feeling that perhaps two pages had been stuck together when I turned the page except, of course, that doesn’t happen with an eBook.

Bottom line: This is the sort of book I wouldn’t mind checking out from the library, but not one I would spend money on. However, recognizing that this is Haskell’s writing debut, I do look forward to reading his future work.

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