Some thrillers are page turners with each page leaving the reader wanting more. Obedience by Will Lavender is classified as a thriller. Unfortunately, with every turn of the page I was wanting more substance. With every turn of the page I was wanting the book to finally end. I could not avoid finishing the book, because I had high hopes that with the next turn of the page, the action would begin. That was not the case.
The plot of Will Lavender's Obedience centers on "the Polly experiment." Students in a college philosophy class are given the hypothetical case of Polly, a female who has been kidnapped. Polly will be murdered if the students are unable to save her before the end of the semester. It does not take long before the lines begin blurring the reality from the fantasy. A few students become too emotionally involved in the case of the missing girl, forgetting that she is fictional. The book ends with a Romeo & Juliet twist.
While the premise of Obedience is promising, the execution was disappointing. Will Lavender falls short of the mark with the development of not only the plot, but the characters were weak, as well. Obedience is nothing more than a social experiment to see how many people will plod through reading this torture device that is disguised as a book. At best, Reminder List can only rate Obedience as ordinary.