Last Exit In New Jersey

This is memorable genre fiction, a crime mystery ennobled by a love story between a homicidal heroine and a suicidal hero. It’s marred, mainly, from the middle onward, by a distracting swarm of missing or unnecessary duplicated words.

I quit several times, both for the annoying typos and the confusing plot. I was drawn back for the reason one plunges on in any good story—to find out what happened next.

Most of the puzzle pieces snap into place at the end. And the surprising payoff is well worth the journey. All it needs is a good proofreader (and executing a few tedious cliches) to smooth the ride. The reader deserves it, and so do this intriguing tale’s touching protagonists.

UPDATE on 11/12:  The author, C.E. Grundler, made a crash effort to fix all of the mistakes and sent me the completed copy. Looks good now, so I’ll reiterate (without the typo reservations above) that if you’re looking for a good Indie tale, this is definitely one you should try.

0 responses to “Last Exit In New Jersey

  1. Doncha hate that? I tolerate so much of that, then I’ve had it, and quit, and don’t go back.

    But you say “all it needs…” – it’s too late once it’s printed, unless there’s a second edition, isn’t it? And with all the errors, how’s it gonna get a second edition? Catch-22.


  2. This is a Kindle book, JD, not a paper one. Plus it’s Indie, meaning the author (or some hired someone) handled all the editing and formatting. So it’s reasonably easy for the author to fix and resubmit a corrected file. No “second edition” is even necessary, unless the author wants one.

    The author in fact emailed me and said she plans to fix the errors. I hope she does. It will make the book much easier to read, and it’s a good tale so it deserves the extra work.

  3. I’ve made this a top priority. I’ve been working away at seeking out each and every one of those errors; I’m presently a third of the way through with a list of corrections and I’ve enlisted two other proofreaders with fresh eyes, each working independently. I will compare my list with theirs to be certain we catch them all.

    As I’ve said, I appreciate that you brought this to my attention and I agree; it can really disrupt a reader’s experience. I’m stunned by the missing and duplicated words I’d overlooked in my revisions and rereads, and I’ll be much happier once I’ve fixed them all.

  4. Great. It’s a good story so it’s definitely worth the extra effort.

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