**spoiler alert** The premise had a lot going for it but I ended up feeling pretty bored and annoyed throughout most of the book. It was really predic**spoiler alert** The premise had a lot going for it but I ended up feeling pretty bored and annoyed throughout most of the book. It was really predictable too, which I hate.
As soon as Jem went up to the tower I knew what was going to happen and I didn't understand that she didn't realize that especially at the point that he was on the ledge too. As soon as they had sex I literally narrowed my eyes at the book, suspicious that she was going to wind up pregnant and low and behold, she does. I predicted that the gift would be passed to her child too. Those things didn't entirely spoil the book for me but it does take out some of the excitement.
Also I hate the whole middle part where they were running from the police. I mean, I get that the police force can be pretty corrupt and they were worried that Spider, as a young black man with a record, could wind up on the hook for the attack, but it still seemed kind of iffy that they would actually have come to any real trouble.
I may read the sequel. I'll at least put it on my TBR shelf for now. It does have a much higher rating, but reading the synopsis it sounds kind of like a replica of this book except with her son.
**spoiler alert** I told my roommate I wanted a good mystery novel so she told me to check this out. When I realized it was Nora Roberts I was hesitan**spoiler alert** I told my roommate I wanted a good mystery novel so she told me to check this out. When I realized it was Nora Roberts I was hesitant but she insisted it was well written with just a touch of romance.
Not only was there more than a touch of romance, but the sex scenes were like badly written bodice rippers. On top of that, the relationship between Eve and Roarke is gross, because he is a domineering asshole. He ignores every boundary she sets with him because he is the man, and he knows what is best for the woman. He frequently lets himself into her apartment without her permission and he constantly tells her that since he wants her, he is going to have her even when she's insisting she doesn't want him. Then when they do end up having sex she keeps saying things like "Don't" and "I can't," but he keeps her arms pinned above her head and keeps going anyway because he looks into her eyes and knows that she doesn't really mean it. Because that is clearly how consent works. Then despite this very rape-like (or really, just flat out rape) scene she is suddenly opening up to him because of his all-healing cock. Gross as fuck, and sex and relationships depicted in literature like this is incredibly demeaning to women. I appalled to learn that people enjoy their relationship.
Also a ton of incest which I wasn't expecting and did not enjoy.
As far as the crime plot goes, it was fairly boring. From the start, the killer is clearly the "bad guy" and there wasn't much of a twist. I don't enjoy being able to predict the ending from the first few chapters of a book. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really, really enjoyed this story.
I loved how the twists were covered up with more twists too. Like Emerson reads a letter and is**spoiler alert** I really, really enjoyed this story.
I loved how the twists were covered up with more twists too. Like Emerson reads a letter and is completely shocked, then it switches to Noelle finding out that Emerson is her sister. So I assumed the letter Emerson read revealed that, but no, Noelle actually killed a baby. Then we find out that Noelle was pregnant at some point, it flashes back to her having sex with Sam. So I assumed Sam got her pregnant. Nope she was a actually a surrogate.
The story overall was really touching. Grace and Tara were able to bond better and realize that even if they're so different, they both love each other so much. And Anna was able to be reunited with her daughter after 16 years. I liked how both sets of Jenny's parents really wanted what was best for her. To form a relationship with her biological family, but to obviously remain with her family that she was raised with.
I figured Grace wasn't Lily but honestly I wasn't expecting it to be Jenny. Maybe that was a twist I should have seen coming but I didn't at all....more
**spoiler alert** It felt really anti-climatic. I figured she would escape in the end but for some reason the book still left me with feeling like the**spoiler alert** It felt really anti-climatic. I figured she would escape in the end but for some reason the book still left me with feeling like there needed to be something else.
Also I'm not a huge fan of second person narrative or whatever style this is called....more
**spoiler alert** I loved Girl Missing, so I wanted to continue with this author and thank god I did. This was a much better crafted novel in my opini**spoiler alert** I loved Girl Missing, so I wanted to continue with this author and thank god I did. This was a much better crafted novel in my opinion. I enjoy novels where the twist isn't that some character I've loved all along is secretly the murderer. It's always so disappointing. So to have The Surgeon be a character that wasn't one who we got to know was perfect.
I also loved the way she executed the love triangle between Moore, Catherine, and Flaco. Both were great guys and I would have honestly been happy to see her end up with either, but I'm glad it was Moore in the end.
Catherine was an amazing character. I loved how strong and resilient she continued to be after not one, but two attacks. She's very much my ideal heroine.
So I know this series is Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles but Maura Isles wasn't in this book at all as far as I recall. I suppose she'll play a role in future novels, but I still thought that was odd. Also I didn't really care much for Rizzoli's character. Not that I disliked her, I just didn't feel any connection at all towards her. With that in mind I'm not sure how much I'm going to enjoy the rest of the series. Hopefully Catherine still has a part as she is now the wife of Rizzoli's partner. ...more
Maybe I would have liked this more as a stand alone novel, but I didn't think it flowed very well with the rest of the series. It was interesting enouMaybe I would have liked this more as a stand alone novel, but I didn't think it flowed very well with the rest of the series. It was interesting enough but there was no Gretchen Lowell really which was the main appeal of this series to me. I liked her character and the relationship between her and Archie so the almost complete lack of her made this novel fall a little short for me....more
**spoiler alert** I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been reading for a bookclub.
The only character I like in this novel was Eli**spoiler alert** I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been reading for a bookclub.
The only character I like in this novel was Eli even though she's the "monster" of the book. All of the other characters were much more disgusting. I suppose that was the point of the novel, to show that humanity is completely fucked up even without these supernatural monsters, but I generally don't like books where none of the characters are likable.
Oskar is an awful main character because he was just so flat. I didn't really care at all about the things that were happening to him because I couldn't connect to him at all.
The graphic pedophilia was also completely unnecessary and disturbing.
Ultimately though I liked Eli enough for me to want to know what would happen to her and she saved this book from one star.