Meh. Not my favorite Child/Reacher story. It was typical Reacher, all morally strong and crazy abilities to see what everyone else missed (though no sMeh. Not my favorite Child/Reacher story. It was typical Reacher, all morally strong and crazy abilities to see what everyone else missed (though no shoot outs this time around), but the story itself was mostly boring. Glad I borrowed it from my local library rather than buying it. ...more
2 Stars, I guess? I dunno. It was all kinda meh for me. Rushed plots, sloppy execution, repetitious dialogue. My biggst problem by far though was that2 Stars, I guess? I dunno. It was all kinda meh for me. Rushed plots, sloppy execution, repetitious dialogue. My biggst problem by far though was that I had problems differentiating between the two narrators. Except when Annie talks about being blind, they sound exactly alike. I kept having to remind myself who was speaking - that is when I actually cared. Most of the time I figured a switch in POV had to be coming up and I'd figure it then. Honestly this would have been better from James's view or even Adam's.
The last 15 pages or so were pretty decent and I wish the whole book had been on that level. I just don't know that that plus the cliff hanger is enough to get me interested in book 2....more
**spoiler alert** Finally. Finally. Finally. I was starting to think this book was never, ever going to end. I came really close to only giving it 1 s**spoiler alert** Finally. Finally. Finally. I was starting to think this book was never, ever going to end. I came really close to only giving it 1 star. It was only those few supporting characters in the kitchen and restaurant (well, all but Karen) that brought about that second star. And it was still close - mostly due to that out of nowhere, wtf ending. Those people were great, especially Mario, Antonio and Duncan. The rest? Just no. I pretty much hated them all. And not the kind of hate that makes me love them all the same. No redeeming qualities. Selfish, self absorbed, whiny, childish, stupid, and over the top. All of them.
Oh and that ending. Where did it come from? And what editor thought it was a good idea? Sudden flashbacks coupled with badly transitioned, swerves to the left and back to the present. If the author wanted to give the reader more background on Thatcher and Fiona, why not sprinkle it through out? Or at least at the beginning. I just didn't care by the time it rolled around. Oh and look our whiny, needy protagonist is now an alcoholic. Just like the rude jerk she claimed she loved (the author kept saying it, but I never believed it). Yay. Only not. oh and he loves her. Supposedly. Sure. Whatever. I'm just glad it's over. ...more
Meh. Intriguing basis, but not well executed. That seems to be the way with so many James Patterson outlined/written by insert ghost writer name hereMeh. Intriguing basis, but not well executed. That seems to be the way with so many James Patterson outlined/written by insert ghost writer name here books anymore. This one suffers from the usual too-many-subplots-itis that has practically become the status quo for his books (especially the Women's Murder Club books, which Paetro used to have a big hand in). That results in all the mysteries being shallow, with little to no detail and an empty who cares feeling when they get wrapped up. The school girl killings was (I think) the big A plot and fantastic A plot it would have been. If it had been actually delved into and paced out. Sadly it kept getting pushed aside for lying, cheating spouses and other soap opera antics. Don't get me started on the Evil!Twin story arc. Could have done without out that one from the start.
Oh and the epilogue? Ridiculous They should be short and wrap things up. Not be multiple chapters (even if Patterson chapters usually aren't more than 3-4 pages.)
I'm sure I'll keep reading Patterson books, because occasionally a gem appears but I don't know if I'll continue with this particular series....more
ok, maybe 1.5 stars, but that's pushing it. And only because the last few pages had a little bit of heart. Mostly because Sukie stopped being one of tok, maybe 1.5 stars, but that's pushing it. And only because the last few pages had a little bit of heart. Mostly because Sukie stopped being one of the biggest drama queens to ever live on the written page.
I originally picked this one up because the title was quirky; the description sounded fun and humorous.as I started to read, I started to question both those ideas. So then I thought maybe the author was going for tongue in cheek. hmmm. No. Maybe over-the-top fairy tale-ness mixed up with a coming of age story? Nope, not really. Mostly it was just painful. Sukie is one of the most selfish, self-obsessed, emotionally absent, characters I've suffered through. The rest of the characters, save maybe Frannie and Jenna, are almost as bad. Even the family dog, had me wanting to scream while throwing my ipod across the room (because at least the audio version has Sara Rue doing a fantastic job of reading this dreck).
The basic story was predictable and dull. The characters were as deep as a torn piece of cellophane. Sukie had a sudden, predictable epiphany in the last couple of chapters and it appears her heart grew two sizes that day, but by then it was too little too late. The story couldn't be saved....more