For the Bout of Books readathon, I decided one of my books would be The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen. I’ve only gotten halfway through so far, and i’ve stopped completely. I’m disgusted by the main character. Why? She’s not the focus. Her hero is the focus, she’s just there to question his motives constantly. She says “I don’t trust you.” about 134,452,234,234 times. It feels like it anyways. About 85% of the book is a conversation between to two of them.
Don’t get me wrong, the concept is fantastic. The beginning of the book is fast paced and you’re plunged into the story. But then Mandak rescues the main girl (I don’t even care to remember her name…) and then for the next ten pages (TEN pages!) They argue about whether or not he’s a good guy, what’s his motive, he has a power but we don’t get to know what it is…. He’s all powerful and very secretive, which would have been fine… If the main character had trusted him. The whole story would’ve moved forward if she had just said “okay.” instead of constantly bickering with him.
So why was this book in every grocery store and airport for about a month? Because of the intro. The beginning of the book, like I said, is fast paced and strong. You have the main girl running through the forest from two people chasing her. She runs into a mysterious man who’s killed those two men with not a drop of blood on his shirt. He’s got connections, he’s got a power, he wants to help her (and then later on use her) and that’s what we want for her.
If only the main character wasn’t such a wimpy whiny girl. No wonder there are so many 1 star reviews of it on Goodreads.