It was not what I expected. I expected a novella, but the style of this one was absolutely not for me. It reminded me of a movie script of some sorts, not even integrating the dialogue but just stating NAME:. The rest isn't much better either, as there is very few description at all and it also in script-form: NAME enters; does this, does that.
When I mentioned this is a reading update, the author did in fact state that it had indeed started out as a movie script. (So it wasn't just me then, after all). Unfortunately it didn't work for me at all. I normally like different styles/settings, but this was an exception.
The story, I don't think it was for me either. It was almost slapstick at points, but not in a way I thought was funny. I just think I wasn't the right person for the story. Had it been a movie, it would have been the kind I don't watch either.
It was very different from what I expected after reading the blurb:
Is he the ringmaster or just another trained animal, trotting out the same old tricks?
This gave me the impression that there would be more to the story than I eventually found.
It was not for me, perhaps other people will like it better.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!