BEST MYSTERY STORY
First thoughts on Hitchcock & Lynch: The "L" Case
Title and Summary
The title is very intriguing, It makes me wonder who are Hitchcock and Lynch and what on earth is the “L” Case? It points directly to a murder mystery story. The cover art is just exquisite and looks very professional as it feels like case files left on the desk along with a mug of coffee and there’s even a coffee stain from the mug! It looks very meticulous and polished. As for the summary, I like the invitation “Solve this mystery”. It gives me a feeling of control over the story.
The first chapter contains little mystery but it gives great insight on the victim. I can say that I have a very clear and specific image in my head of whom Byron Borghese was and his personality.
I normally don’t like it when a story focuses on two main characters, but in this case it was successful. I enjoyed alternating between a male and a female MC with such different personalities.
Story content and flow
I greatly appreciated the use of sounds and music, as they set the mood for mystery perfectly. The length of the chapters is very satisfying (not too short) and their content is “rich” in clues and meaningful scenes. There’s a cliffhanger that ends each chapter, which made me eager to read the next one. There are little clues scattered all over and cryptic phrases that don’t make sense at first glance, but they kept me wondering about the hidden meaning behind the words. Every chapter gives a new clue and at the end there is also a recap of all the suspects gathered so far, which I found very interesting.
There is a particular custom background that gave me the creeps, so kudos for that.
I loved the choices as they impact your interactions. They kept me engaged in the story and made me feel like I’m actually taking part in the investigation. Some of the choices were based on the reader’s observation skills which I found particularly enjoyable.
There was one thing I’d like to mention. Before every chapter there is a recap of all the previous chapters, which I found a bit boring. I think that just the previous one would be sufficient. A choice to skip would also be a good idea!
I did find an error. Detective Hitchcock mentions in the third chapter how he’s trying to locate the photographer who was present during the interview of Mr. Borghese , but it showed both of them at his funeral in chapter 2. I also noticed a few minor directing, grammatical errors and typos here and there but they were barely noticeable. Sometimes there was an overly use of commas but nothing too severe. This however did lower the overall score.
Impact of the story based on the genre submitted
After reading the first five chapters, I must say I am impressed. Overall I’d say that it’s a very professional story and well thought. One thing I found particularly intriguing was the male MC, Tristan Hitchcock. With very subtle clues at first, the author slowly indicates that something disturbing is going on with him. Strange visions, weird dreams, a smart dialogue technique… I’m thinking… paranoia!
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a classic film noir. The choices make you feel like a part of the story.
Note that this review has been edited and proofread by Aisha.