A Twisted Tale

Having finally received a copy of TWISTED, by Steve Cavanagh, and having managed to avoid any reviews and opinion, I sat down last night to read.

I groaned. I fidgeted. And I moaned out loud. So much so that my Other Half asked what was wrong. I rolled my eyes toward the ceiling and said I was bored.

B O R E D! Yes, all in CAPS!

I managed to read a whole 102 pages before I stuck my bookmark in and gave up, and went to bed muttering.


The two main characters of Paul and Maria are not only boring, but unsympathetic on any level. The story, such as it is—given all the hype we’ve had—lead us to believe this was going to be Cavanagh’s “best” book yet. Has, in fact, been a tedious struggle. The prose is flat and the situation these two MCs find themselves in, well, quite frankly, is beyond dull.

Reading it is like watching paint peeling off a wall. You keep waiting for something, anything, to happen.

It never did. I can’t say as I’m enthusiastic about reading further to find out what all the fuss is, given I. Just. Don’t. Care.

The one light in all this cliched morass of vanity and in-jokes, is the minor, fleeting character of Bloch. Her backstory is the only original thing between the covers that I’ve read, so far, and that’s saying something.

Sigh! I’m sure this is going to be an unpopular opinion and, quite possibly, I’ll be in the minority in rating this one a dead-end.

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  1. Uh, oh. 100 pages is typically enough to form at least an opinion of how the book is going to go. I’m a slow reader, too (I devour every word). Sorry this isn’t working, especially as it’s highly touted. Has anyone characterized it as a slow burn?


    • Alexandra
      May 29, 2019

      Yeah, usually I can tell by that 100 pages if I’m really blown away, or not, Jonetta. And this one, slow burn or not, is just not doing it for me. There’s slow burn, and then, there’s just plain dull.

      I did pop over to Goodreads to see what others were saying, and mostly, people liked it and typically gave it 4-5 stars. But there were others, like me, who thought it just dull, and the characters as thin as the paper they were printed on. Shrugs.

  2. Nooo 😫 that’s not what I wanted to hear. Unlikeable characters really influence my reading so hmm I fear the worst. I’m still going to read the copy I just bought though, because I need to know. Here’s hoping for a better outcome for me 😉 Thanks for your opinion Alex!

    • Alexandra
      May 29, 2019

      I really do hope you like it better than I have so far, Inge. This is, after all, just my opinion. I’m going to try read another 100 pages tonight and see how it goes. But I’m not confident I’ll change my opinion.

  3. May 29, 2019

    Aww, nooo… :/
    I’m a super slow reader and 100 pages would take me something like 3 hrs… this is why i usually DNF books, cuz i don’t wanna feel like wasting time.
    Sorry this didn’t work out… i still haven’t gone near it but i also heard that this book is supposed to be super awesome 😀

    • May 29, 2019

      I get that I might have a unique view, Norrie, but for me at least, this was just plain dull writing. And yes, I took me nearly 3 hours to read that much too. I’m a slow reader, as I like to enjoy my reads. But this? This was just awful.

      I got to the point last night where I just don’t care what happens next. That’s $25 down the drain.

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