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L. C. Hayden
Author, Contributor, Editor (anthology)
What Lies Beyond the Fence
L. C. Hayden, author
For Bronson, this was going to be an easy assignment. Find Roger and Norma, the teens that stole an important book and return it to its original owners. But when Bronson locates the book, Roger reveals the truth behind the book’s existence—a truth so shocking that Bronson is forced to help them escape. Then Ellen, his partner’s ex, gets kidnapped and Bronson is forced to decide who he will save: Ellen or two stranded teenagers who depend on him for their survival. Who will he choose? His decision will determine who lives—and who dies. This action thriller is guaranteed to keep you glued to the edge of your seat with its many twists and turns.
Plot/Idea: 3 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 4 out of 10
Character/Execution: 3 out of 10
Overall: 3.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The novel suffers from plotting issues. As is, the storyline feels choppy and thin. Attempts at cliffhangers are often unsuccessfully executed.

Prose: The prose is uneven, and does little to describe the book's setting or characters. Readers will wish to see the setting fleshed out and the pacing of scenes slowed down.

Originality: The novel makes use of tropes that will be familiar to readers of the genre. As a result, the book will have difficulty standing out in a crowded market.

Character Development: Hayden's characters are more like archetypes than individuals. Additionally, they remain stagnant throughout the novel, never really changing or growing.

Date Submitted: June 18, 2018

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