I read this because it was on a lot of Best Of lists, but I never really got that into it. It's a quick read and definitely deals with an interesting...moreI read this because it was on a lot of Best Of lists, but I never really got that into it. It's a quick read and definitely deals with an interesting subject, but I didn't feel like it had a lot of heart, and I didn't like the ending. I think it could have done without the whole murder gene side story and just dealt with the main case, but I guess the dad's back story was the central story. It was not exactly what I was expecting, but it was generally a good book.(less)
I liked this even better than the In The Woods. It still has that semi-supernatural element, but the characters and mystery are incredible.
Two of my f...moreI liked this even better than the In The Woods. It still has that semi-supernatural element, but the characters and mystery are incredible.
Two of my favorite ideas that she kept coming back to were this saying "Take what you want and pay, says God" and the idea that some people are sort of psychologically incapable of allowing themselves to be loved. Of letting themselves be committed and tied to other people with any permanence.
I think the exploration of what it "costs" to have what you tell yourself you want, is really interesting. The idea is introduced as a sort of direct comment on financial matters - people living outside their means. But then the main character keeps coming back to it on more emotional terms, what it costs to love and be loved, what it costs to have friends, or to have the career you aspire for.
I really loved these characters - the only annoyance was all the harping that Frank and Sam did on Cassie being overprotective. It got really repetitive - I guess I just wanted to live in Whitethorn with Cassie and her friends and forget about the "real" world as well (another concept that she talks about at length).(less)