Her birthright stolen and burdened with a fear of the water a Dutch woman dives in a submersible and races a powerboat through mountainous seas to silence her German tormentors and defeat her own demons. The third and last in the trilogy. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
You have to read it through too many times to make heads or tails of what the story is about. This is a really bad sign for what is meant to be a single sentence that gives the reader the basic concept and conflict of your story.
It’s also very vague.
What is the event that forces her to take this action so drastically at odds with who she is? It must be massive, right? For someone afraid of water to react to something by jumping in a submersible then a powerboat? What is ‘her birthright’ and how has it been ‘stolen’?
Can seas BE mountainous?
If these Germans are so far away, in what manner have they been tormenting her? And what information are they going to reveal that she has to silence them? What are the stakes, and what is the hurry?
Are her country of origin and her gender really the most crucial and relevant descriptors of her as a character?
I can’t even suggest how I think this should be re-written because from my perspective the story is too broken.
>> to recover her stolen affluence.
So she is as greedy as the Nazi’s were, but because she wasn’t a Nazi, we in the audience will automatically root for her?
I just finished the Stieg Lasson trilogy about the heroine Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. She’s fighting to prove she’s mentally competent, and if she succeeds, she can inherit a fair amount of money. (And she’s got the hacking skills to steal all she wants)
But her struggle to prove she’s mentally competent has nothing to do with money. She’s fighting to prove her mental competence in order to win her freedom and bring the guilty to justice.
Freedom and justice. Not material gain. That’s why the audience roots for her.