Review: Transference

TransferenceTransference by Kate Jonuska
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The only reason I can’t give this book a perfect 5 is not because of the story or writing, but rather its need for a more thorough editing. I’ve long since resigned myself to the fact that all books are published with a few typos, no matter how eagle-eyed the editor, but this had too many to be ignored. Enough that I was repeatedly knocked out of the flow of my reading and had to flounder for a moment before finding it again. Most of the issues were simple-fix stuff like duplicated phrases (“…offered just the right the right amount of…”), or missing words or letters (“…vowing to try do so from now on…”). There was also one glaring continuity error, where a woman says she’s going to Vail and then everyone thinks she’s in Europe.

All right, enough of that. On to the good stuff!
The book is written in quick, relaxed prose that kept up a good pace while mixing in just the right amount of description to keep me grounded in the story. There’s also some great characterization, with the author doing a good job of making a generally unlikable character/narrator totally relatable. There aren’t any superfluous characters in the cast, every one helps to move the story forward. The dialogue is brisk and natural, again moving the story along quickly. All these things stack together, making the book engaging and hard to put down. It’s a super-fast read, and I’d definitely recommend it.

Note: I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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