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Ronnie O’Sullivan – Double Kiss | Review

Title: Double Kiss

Author: Ronnie O’Sullivan

Category: Fiction

Page Count: 378

Rating: 3/5

This book is written by Ronnie O’Sullivan, as in the snooker player. He’s arguably the greatest snooker player who ever lived, but what’s he like as a writer? Well it’s entirely possible that I still don’t know, because I’m not sure whether this was ghostwritten or not. He reckons that he isn’t, but whether that’s true or not is anyone’s guess.

It’s also the second book in a series, following on from the first one, which is called Framed. They’re basically contemporary crime novels that follow a guy who runs a snooker hall, which I guess is pretty much obligatory so that they can tie the stories back to Ronnie O’Sullivan and piggy back on his fame.

The first book was just okay, which to be honest was good enough for me, but then the second one takes forever to get started. In Framed, we’re thrown right in at the deep end and the story just picks up straight away. In this one, we have to wait 150 pages or so before anything really happens, which I wouldn’t mind if I was invested in the characters – but I wasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, and I’d be just fine with it if it had come from an indie writer with no budget behind them. As it is though, it has the might of Pan Macmillan behind it, and I would have expected them to have done a better job of editing it. There are some pretty basic errors here, including a bunch of typos that made it feel pretty basic.

Overall then, it was kind of a disappointment, but not too much because it wasn’t as though I’d been expecting it to blow my mind. It just was what it was, a pretty bog standard celebrity book that I’ll forget pretty quickly, and that’s coming from someone who’s a Ronnie O’Sullivan fan. Even if you’re super into crime novels, I don’t think I could recommend this one, just because there are so many other great crime novels out there.

Of course, there’s also a lot of dross, and there’s plenty that’s worse than this too. Yeah…

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