This story reminds me of the TV show Cold Case. It's not just a time slip chronicling two separate stories in two different eras. It's a mystery and a...moreThis story reminds me of the TV show Cold Case. It's not just a time slip chronicling two separate stories in two different eras. It's a mystery and as the modern-day heroine digs for answers, the past subtly unfolds, the overlap growing blurry. At times I could visualize the fifties' people standing there looking on, watching from the sidelines as their past was put together and the mystery solved.
As always, Ms. Jio impresses me with her writing skills. She's one of the best. Even when I don't care for the actions of some of her characters, I find myself utterly immersed, dying to know what happens next.
In the fifities, a woman went missing from her houseboat one night, leaving behind an artist husband, a little neighbor boy who adored her, a boat-maker who wanted her, and a community of people intent on hiding the truth. Did she just sail away? Did someone kill her?
The modern-day heroine becomes obsessed with finding out as she resides on the missing woman's former houseboat, recovering from a great loss. The past story is about how you can't play games without others, and possibly yourself. The past heroine messes with people's hearts, can't make up her mind who she wants to be with. The modern-day heroine's story has a theme of moving on, of learning to live with grief.
I didn't like Penny, the past heroine. I saw a woman playing games, weak. I like strength in a woman and by strength, I totally realize it doesn't mean wielding a sword or whatever, but strength comes in many forms and this woman had next to none. Her actions were not strong, but selfish. She wanted to bounce man to man, to whomever it was convenient to be with at that moment. She lived in a shadow of another man, was a submissive wallflower. The conclusion in the end, even that was selfish. What she allows people to believe...someone will pay for that, just not her.
This was a tough read for me. First, I gotta give it points for educating me. Before reading this, I thought Wall Street was just the investing of sto...moreThis was a tough read for me. First, I gotta give it points for educating me. Before reading this, I thought Wall Street was just the investing of stocks/trade. This showed me the world of banking, which was new. The story line, however, was not new. I've read it a few times before. Young woman is trying to make it a male-dominated field and in order to do so must give up all ideas of a having a personal life, let alone a love life. I confess I'm a tad tired of this theme that in order for a woman to be successful in these occupations she must give everything else up.
I also found the heroine a tad ditzy at times. Her office snooping was strange. What an odd fetish. Wish that had been explained or just taken out of the story altogether.
The merger stuff was a bit confusing for someone not familiar with the industry--like me.
And in the end, I was disappointed. What did Sophie learn? What did she take away from this experience. It was lost to me.
While it was well written, I found that the day after I closed the page, I'd already forgotten half of it. It didn't impact me and won't stay with me.
But oooh, this bit here was cool: Aluminum must burn at 1700 degrees to stay molten. I love learning new things.(less)
I've never read anything like this before. It's unique, and that's a hard thing to accomplish in the writing world nowadays. You have a book full of s...moreI've never read anything like this before. It's unique, and that's a hard thing to accomplish in the writing world nowadays. You have a book full of succubuses, women who need sex to survive, who drain men's energy. There are even genetic sluts, kid you not. There's sex trafficking, telekinesis, mind reading, mind manipulation, brainwashing, everything you can think of.
At the heart of it all is this tough, incredibly powerful woman who's a Telepath and private investigator. What starts as a favor to a long-time friend becomes an agenda of sorts to rescue as many "broken dolls" as she can. The heroine has a good heart and lets nothing stop her.
The broken dolls are succubuses, norms, or Telepath who have been abducted and sold and turned into unemotional, walking robots who exist for the sole purpose of pleasing the men who purchase them. Sex trafficking is a serious problem and I appreciate what the author did here, mixing a serious, very real issue with tons of paranormal excitement.
Just when I thought I'd finally learned about all the "powers" the heroine had, another ability popped up. I am truly amazed at the author's imagination.
I laughed out loud at the heroine's mother...
"Rhi! What a wonderful present!" Mum exclaimed, fixing them (two men/bodyguards accompanying the heroine at the time) with a smile. "Just go on into the bedroom and take off your clothes. I'll be with you as soon as I fix my daughter a cup of tea."
LOL!!!!!!!!!!! (Her mom's a succubus.)
It was a very enjoyable and interesting read, but I must admit to being overwhelmed at times. Too many characters made it hard to remember everyone and who they were/what they'd done. There was also just too many powers and abilities to keep track of and remember as well. The clan war thing became jumbled after a while also. I think, as odd as this will sound, the book needed more boring moments, tamer scenes, to balance out the constant action/revelations, so readers are not bombarded with so much to remember at one time. It would also have been nice to really get to know the heroine better. More emotion/internal thoughts from her would have gone a long way. Despite it being first person, I never felt we were really IN her head, that I was getting to know her.