Review: Heaven on Hell Island by Shea Swain

This brings me to the cons. I’ve read three works by Shea Swain now. Two novels and one short story. I can write with confidence that I enjoy her works in whole. What I do not enjoy is how uneven they are in their parts. What I’ve found which each selection I’ve read is that fifty percent of the story is strong, well-paced, and engaging. However, the second half of her books become convoluted and disjointed from what came before it. It’s as though she doesn’t know where to end or doesn’t feel comfortable ending them at a certain place (though she probably should). I cannot speculate why she does this. All I know is that her stories tend to overstay their welcome and temper the promising momentum to a point that I’ve struggled with whether to DNF them. This novel’s no exception.

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