Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Driven To Kill~Eugenio Salvato | Review

Title: Driven To Kill (The Killing Game #1)
Author: Eugenio Salvato
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 495 Pages (Kindle)
Publication: March 2014
My Rating: 1/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Jake Knight is a detective with an uneventful career. Baxter Black is a vigilante with a mission who cannot be stopped. Until Jake locks him up for life.
Lillian is heartbroken when her daughter Clara is diagnosed with cancer that cannot be cured. Her only hope lies in a new wonder drug that's being used as a treatment for cancer. But the trial was set up long ago and the drug won't be released for another two years; too late to save Clara's life. Grace, Lillian's older daughter, has access to the drug and comes up with a plan to steal some for her sister. She has no idea how far reaching the consequences will be.
Jake Knight is assigned a new partner, a rookie named Dayna Colton. Dayna may be their only shot at getting inside Baxter's head to stop a new killing spree that must be connected. But is everything really as it seems?

This novel sounded interesting enough so I decided to review it. Unfortunately I was not impressed. I read almost the entire novel, but toward the end only skimmed the chapters. 

My main problem with this novel was the writing or, actually, the formatting. The concept was similar to other mystery thriller novels and seemed interesting enough, but was not well planned out. The dialog was very difficult to follow. I had a hard time keeping track of who was saying what. There was too much shrugging and sighing. It drove me crazy. Honestly I think this was more of the formatting than the actual writing that confused me during dialog. I read the kindle version of the novel and found that it was too choppy. Again, formatting error.

The characters lacked development. More planning needed to go into their story and personalities. This seemed more like a first draft, not a final product. And like I said before, most of the revelations that came near the end were obvious from the beginning. I felt like there was no real mystery or anything to keep you hooked.  Definitely a concept that could use further exploration, but needs more work.

There was also no connection between the characters. I just never felt that any of them had any real chemistry. 

Enjoy the reading!



  1. As much as I think that everyone is entitled to an opinion and everyone has different tastes, I think it is misleading to offer an honest review if you're not going to read the book. Whether you liked it at the start or not is irrelevant. You cannot review something if you do not read it. Maybe you thought the characters lacked in development and you couldn't keep track of who was saying what because you only skimmed PARTS of the novel. Perhaps the bits you didn't read would have made it easier for you to follow and to get to know the characters.
    Personally I enjoyed this book, perhaps because I actually read it.

    1. Thank you for your feedback. And to be honest, I do agree with some of what you said. While I did not read the whole thing, I did read most of the novel (I did not make that very clear in my review). In general I would not rate or review a novel that I did not read completely, but many authors have requested that I write a review either way, so that is what I tend to do. Again, thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.