I’ve been tearing through the books on my Kindle lately, adding one after the other into my Purgatory collection. (The place books go before permanent deletion.)
Most of these books were dumped after the first ten pages.
The biggest reason: authors switching POV willy-nilly, AKA head hopping.
The most recent novel to enter Purgatory started out pretty well. The main character was decent. The POV was first person, and I didn’t mind hanging in her head. The plot reminded me of Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires, which is a great series. So all in all, I was semi-invested in seeing where the story was going. Until…
The main character was sitting in her backyard, contemplating the awful turn of events her life had taken, when she heard Mom calling. As the MC focused on Mom, I suddenly knew what Mom was thinking.
No, the MC was not able to read minds. The author forced me to jump out of the MC’s head, the place I had been comfortably residing in for the past eight pages, and hop into Mom’s.
Next line down, I was back in the MC’s head.
Few more paragraphs later, Mom’s.
Each head hop threw me out of the story.
Sigh. So, I threw out the book.