What did I like:
1) The look into how powerful online communication is. I like how accurately the author describes the kind of cultures that exist in forums and chat rooms. Not that I think it’s revolutionary, but I’ve never seen it presented this well.
2) The action is well paced. The choppy scene and paragraph segregations at the end read more like a screenplay, and less like a novel, but it works in the context of a thriller.
3) The idea is controversial and interesting. The whole Towy thing made me think, and I like a book that makes me think.
What I didn’t like:
1) The characters. I had no real attachment to any of the protagonists. Maybe because I don’t relate well with people whom are either depressed, suicidal, habitually manipulative, or sociopaths. Did bad things happen to these people, sure. Does it excuse their behavior, no.
2) I didn’t like the “court room” evidence excerpts from the future, being used as narrative for the ongoing action. It made the read choppy, and none of it presented mind blowing new information. These mostly slowed down the pacing of the book, and read as irrelevant.
3) I can’t stand it when at the end of a book, every chapter ends with a foretelling of what will happen in the future. I don’t want to read about how, this is the last time such and such, or so and so, will do this and that, but they don’t know it. This is a thriller; you are allowed to keep the reader guessing. I thought it was clever dialog when one character spoke out loud but didn’t realize it, However this trick became stale when another character did it in the same book.
I’ll never understand it when I read a book with an author willing to go all out using brutal language, will graphically depict fight scenes and death, but is to cowardly to write an actual sex scene. There was kind of a sex scene, but it’s thrown into the mix of the choppy screenplay paragraphs, so to me it was incomplete compared to the complete deaths depicted in other scenes. I also had to turn off the logical part of my brain when it came to scenes involving law enforcement and the intelligence community at large. If you are a stickler about how things are done in the real world, you might not enjoy this book.