I’ve noticed a trend in second books. It’s like the first and third are great, and the second is just a bridge to get us from point A to point B (Legends and Liars, Symbiont). Sometimes the book is worth it, sometimes it just drags.
Some books manage to make every story individual in and of itself (Charlie Madigan, Gameshouse, anything by Gail Carriger, and of course The Harry Potter series) and still connect the stories. Each story builds to a climax and each story is just as important as the last one.
Has anyone else noticed this? It’s starting to irritate me!