Amazing Premises, Lousy Characterization: Zero Day by Jan Gangset

Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.

When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?

Source: GoodReads

Obviously, there’s been a bit of an absence on the blog.  Blame the Louisiana bar exam for that.  They don’t call it the fourth worse one in the country for nothing, ya’ll.

The good thing is the test is done, so my free time has improved for the time being.  I’m sure that could change though.    This review will probably be a quickie though for various reasons.

I read or should I say partially read Zero Day about six or seven weeks ago.  I probably shouldn’t even be writing a review at this point since I forgot a lot of details about the book, but I do remember why I DNF’d it, and that for me justifies a little blurb of my thoughts of this book.

I’ll be honest, plot wise it kept me intrigued.  But the characterization has been so horrible, that I could not stomach continue reading it.

It was really sad, because the plot was pretty interesting if a bit cliche and a little too over the top.

Full disclosure, I do like political thrillers and stories about kidnappings, so this really should have been up my ally.  But there was really nothing unique about the set up and everyone felt so wooden that it failed.

I think had the book just been a political thriller, it would have been fine.  While I do like my characterization, with politics you can’t expect a lot of emotion.  Can’t say the same about kidnapping stories though.

With kidnapping stories, the emotions should be raw.  You should be able to connect to the characters on a certain level.  But here I could not feel for Addie or any of her friends and family, they just felt wooden.

So, so, wooden.

Who knows, maybe they improved as the book progressed.  But this is one of those cases where I just didn’t bother finding out.

Overall Rating: DNF.

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