When I picked up this book I had forgotten my previous experience with one of the author's works. I was reminded in short time however, and it all cam...moreWhen I picked up this book I had forgotten my previous experience with one of the author's works. I was reminded in short time however, and it all came back. There were even sections of the previous book that were just dropped into this one. I'm sure the author's intentions are good but not much else about this work was. This is just a package of soundbites, nothing really substantive, and that is a pity because I felt that it had the potential to be more.(less)
Even though I bought this book I wasn't expecting to love it the way that I did; and then when I started it, the chick-litty feel kinda convinced me t...moreEven though I bought this book I wasn't expecting to love it the way that I did; and then when I started it, the chick-litty feel kinda convinced me that I wouldn't. That all changed quickly though, the premise and the writing style did grab me and wouldn't let go. I loved that the characters were not one-dimensional, all the different aspects of their personalities were expertly laid out and helped to get me invested in what would happen next.
The main problem I saw for this couple was their utter lack of any type of communication, and the way they slowly stopped caring for each other. And what really is love? I hated they way they tossed that word around when everything each of them did said quite clearly that they really didn't love each other anymore. They were both very damaged kids who didn't have any kind of familial support, and the other partner, because not overtly abusive, was the family they couldn't give up. They chose to call that love, but that was the saddest part for me. If only they would make time for each other... and I wished that Julia wasn't so soft but then again that also is a symptom of the betrayal that she experienced early on, so I get it.
As for Michael, even after he "saw the light" his patterns were exactly the same, which made me wonder. I expected him to sit with Julia and discuss what his plans were, because as his wife the decisions he made would also affect her. But no, he doesn't do that -- so of course, she is pissed. Not because she would be losing the money but because of his utter disregard for her as a partner. They treated each other like room mates and that was very significant, it left the impression that they were just two single people who felt comfortable thinking they were married.
The only part of the book that I didn't enjoy was the Isabelle distraction. Not because it wasn't interesting (in fact, I would read a book about her and Beth, their story is compelling enough) but because it kept me away from Julia and Michael's story.
This book got a whopping 2 stars for the fact that I continued reading until the end. I read gods In Alabama and liked it a lot so when I saw this boo...moreThis book got a whopping 2 stars for the fact that I continued reading until the end. I read gods In Alabama and liked it a lot so when I saw this book I was very quick to grab it.
It started out well enough but then things started happening that I could not get past, and wouldn't get out of the way for me to accept the rest of what was going on. For example, there is that serendipitous airport meeting. There are so many questions that were left unanswered with that, and then trying to clear things up at the end only created more questions.
I don't necessarily want things tied up in nice bows always, after all, I like to think for myself but there were just too many leaps that I had to make with Rose (or whatever the heck she choose to call herself) to even begin to try to make her story sound plausible. That was just too much work, it's like I was trying to read the author's mind to figure things out.
Still, I finished it. As much as it didn't make any sense, the writing was all that kept me interested and I was expecting a lot more.(less)
Could also be called Bedhopping in Northern BC... but otherwise a good palate cleanser. It was short (my main reason for picking it up in the first pl...moreCould also be called Bedhopping in Northern BC... but otherwise a good palate cleanser. It was short (my main reason for picking it up in the first place) but not exactly to the point. I enjoyed spending time with the characters and wished I could have learned more about a few of them. (less)
I love Carl Hiaasen so I can't go negative on him or this book. Having said that, I did not love it. I enjoyed it to the extent that I was never bored...moreI love Carl Hiaasen so I can't go negative on him or this book. Having said that, I did not love it. I enjoyed it to the extent that I was never bored and I couldn't wait to see what happened next but I really wanted more. I loved that Skink experienced a change of scenery and some positive human contact and I would have loved to see more of that -- maybe next time.(less)
Reading this book was like dragging a dead body down Main street. You feel like everyone is staring and talking about you; it's tiresome, tedious and...moreReading this book was like dragging a dead body down Main street. You feel like everyone is staring and talking about you; it's tiresome, tedious and unpleasant; it's wrong and you know you shouldn't be doing it; and most importantly you know it won't end well and you will be punished for the effort.
There was nothing that I liked about it, oh yeah, there was Charlie. All of the main characters were off-putting because I felt like I was looking at them through a screen. I wanted it all to become clear at some point, I wanted to know them better. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that I would have liked them, likability is not vital for my book enjoyment. Maybe I would have hated them all but at least I would know why and it would be much better than the indifference that I feel. One other thing that bothered me was why Nick did not have his own POV. He is the criminal mastermind here but yet all the heat seems to fall on his co-conspirators. Why? Why was his behaviour not scrutinized, why did we not get to see his guilt or lack thereof, or what his motivations were? The whole thing felt like one of those 90s daytime talk shows that would feature 2 women trying to rip each other apart over a man who just sits in the middle and says nothing.
And then there's the title -- not so much, I don't think. It would have applied if everything here was compressed down to two chapters, and then the real heart of this matter would have started. That would also have been way more interesting. (less)