I often wonder what makes two people read a book and walk away with entirely different opinions about it. Because I review the books I read, I take notes. When finished, I write my review but before posting it, I visit the book’s Amazon page to see where my review falls in line with others. Most often I agree with the masses as far as ‘stars’ go even though I differ on what worked and what didn’t. This week, it’s only me and a handful of others with the same take on this book.
I have read many of MHCs works. Some (older ones mostly) I have loved while others (newer ones mostly) have been… crap. Yes, I used the crap word.
First, it’s lightweight, but that is something I’ve come to expect from a MHC novel. From here, I don’t know where to begin. The whole ‘blue eyes’ subplot running through the book was lame. Unnecessary. Pointless. I struggled to get into it. Actually, I never really got into it, I struggled to keep from putting it down. It took me a solid week to read through it. It is heavy on description – of everything. What everyone was wearing, what they ate, did and thought on their way to work. Speaking of thoughts… their thoughts were long, and in first person, which totally threw me out of the story. She writes the book in third person (with occasional head-hopping), but when she comes to their thoughts, it reads like narrative in another POV. I don’t know if she was trying to be creative and failed or if she was trying to beat a deadline and threw it together. (Several reviewers suggested that she may not even be writing her own books anymore, as has become common practice with several of the more seasoned writers).
There are many characters and aside from the story itself being implausible, the facts don’t add up. Beginning with ages/timeline. I’m not going to go into a story synopsis, but should you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
Here is how other Amazon reviewers rated it:
5 stars – 986
4 stars – 341 (significant drop at this point)
3 stars – 160
2 stars – 67
1 star – 61
I am definitely in the minority coming in at 1.5 stars (only because I don’t think I’ve ever given 1 star to anyone and feel a twinge of guilt dissing the work of a successful author), but this book isn’t worth the money if you get it for free. You will spend most of your reading time trying to figure out who is speaking, what POV they are in, and is it action… or thought?
Looking for a good read? Check out my last review – Touch & Go, by Lisa Gardner. That one is still with me.