OK, before everyone vilifies me for my ONE STAR, just know that I have never wanted to throw a book across the room more than this thing. AAAAAAARRRrrOK, before everyone vilifies me for my ONE STAR, just know that I have never wanted to throw a book across the room more than this thing. AAAAAAARRRrrgggghhhhhhHHHHHH!
I hate series books and I especially dislike books that don't end but leave you hanging and now I have to read the next to know what the H&@#$ is going on. Ugh.
I did find this amazing and really liked it until the end. I loved the world building, character development, etc. Annoyed by the the typical kid stories you won't accept help until its too late but that's because they are kids and thus the story/drama/angst. I had the same reaction to most of the Harry Potter books but at least they stand alone and finish each book all nicely wrapped up.
So there. This was going to be a Five Slicer until we got to the last few pages. I really don't know if I'll read on; that is how upset I am. I really got tired of "yay! we've almost made it" to "yet another life-threatening situation we might not survive".
Grrrrrrrrrrrr, I can be talked into giving this a THREE as a compromise but I had to say this....more
WHAT’s GOOD: The first chapter is brilliant in the setup, the intrigue, the feeling of being extremely unsettled and violated. Our protagonis3.5 stars
WHAT’s GOOD: The first chapter is brilliant in the setup, the intrigue, the feeling of being extremely unsettled and violated. Our protagonist, Sarah Chayse, is feisty and independent. The characters were interesting and the dialog believable. For a book set in 1975 it is both amazing in how relevant many cultural mentions still are and also sad that we haven’t come further in terms of racial and gender equality.
WHAT’s not so GOOD: The book loses some steam after the fabulous first chapter and slows down during the chase to figure out who and why. It becomes so obvious when our girl is going to get into some serious trouble that there is never quite that big surprise moment. The worse of it, however, is when the author drops the name Friedrich Nietzsche into way too many discussions and unfortunately, I do not have a concept of his philosophy. This proved distracting and frustrating. I even went to Wikipedia hoping to get one nugget that would help me get over these speedbumps but knowing his ‘God is dead’ quote only confused me.
However, I did enjoy it well enough and was especially keen on the Boston setting. I had purchased this book on a day a friend and I went into town to do the Beacon Hill Garden Tour. The character traveled many of the streets I had just walked on and that was really fun for me.