Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wrong Number by Rachelle J. Christensen

by Rebecca Talley

I just finished reading Wrong Number. I thought it was excellent. Rachelle does a great job with the suspense. She also made me feel like I was there experiencing everything with the main character. I enjoyed the book and loved the "inside jokes" contained in the story. Did anyone catch the interesting thing about the cover? Come on, I'm sure someone noticed the fun little thing the cover designer did.

If you like suspenseful mysteries, you'll definitely want to check out Rachelle's book.

If you're like me, you probably don't read for pleasure anymore. You probably deconstruct the story, right? You can admit it.

What I thought Rachelle did well: she ended the chapters with a cliffhanger. She made me want to keep reading to the next chapter and the next chapter and the next chapter after that. It wasn't always a big thing, but it was enough to make me turn the pages to keep reading (even when I needed to make dinner or clean house).

Another thing I thought she did well was her use of description. I could "see" what was going on. She didn't delve into three pages of description, but she included enough to make me envision what was happening. That's something I need to do better in my own writing. I sometimes forget that readers don't have a direct connection to the inside of my brain, (good thing, it might scare them) and that I need to describe more of what I see in my head.

I really enjoyed this book, not only for the story elements, but for what it taught me as a writer. I think that's why it's so important that as writers we read, read, read. Sure, we can enjoy it along the way, but we can also learn from our colleagues.

What books have you read lately that made you reconsider something in your writing?


Rachelle said...

Thanks, Rebecca! I appreciate the great review and your kind comments. Writing a book includes so many levels of HARD work and I agree that it helps to see what works in other books and learn from others. :)

Anne Bradshaw said...

This book is top of my hubby's list of titles he shares with others. And that's a huge compliment, coming from him. I agree with his verdict. A great read.

Steve said...

Wrong Number is a fun read. I recommend it, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time as you may not want to put it down.