Book Review | Sugar Tower
Title: Sugar Tower
Author: Jessica Dee Rohm
I have good news and I have bad news about Sugar Tower. First, let me break the bad news. To sum it up simply, it needs editing. There are punctuation (quotation marks, commas, periods, and definite over use of exclamation points!), grammar, and a few other errors that can, at times, be annoying. On a few occasions, there are some things that are just plain silly; such as this sentence (not dialogue, mind you), “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee!”
Another thing that stuck out was an obituary that read, in part, “in the Sixties and early Seventies…” Considering that the lead character in this novel is a newspaper journalist, it seems peculiar that her newspaper doesn’t adhere to AP style (writing numbers as numbers, not words), which basically every newspaper does (I know this because I’ve worked in the newspaper business for 5+ years, as an editor and copy editor). Sure, the average Joe wouldn’t notice this, but I did.
I was also annoyed by an inaccurate reference to Facebook stating that one profile listed “bicycle, skateboard, and surfboard” under “Preferred Ride.” I’m a chronic Facebook user, and I’m not familiar with any category called “Preferred Ride.” Or, for that matter, “Likes” and “Dislikes.” I just fact-checked that, I might add, by checking my Facebook page. It was that simple.
And, there was some dialogue about someone being indicted for drug distribution, one of the drugs being “Oxytocin.” Well, Oxytocin is a hormone, one which is released during labor…so I’m thinking the author meant Oxycodone or Oxycontin. Again, a quick search on Google would have remedied such a careless error.
Now, the good news. Sugar Tower is difficult to put down. It is compelling, it’s suspenseful, the characters and the plot are well fleshed out (in spite of occasional hard-to-believe dialogue). It’s got every element you could ask for in a novel, and it’s been provided in a way that is not overwhelming or too hectic. So, in spite of the errors that I’ve pointed out (and it pained me to do so), I highly recommend Sugar Tower. I’m pretty nit-picky when it comes to grammar and punctuation and whatnot, but I was easily able to gloss over them for the sake of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely read this author again.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*