Came across this while weeding the Mysteries at my library. Fairly predictable; not a true mystery in the sense of trying to figure out "who done it".Came across this while weeding the Mysteries at my library. Fairly predictable; not a true mystery in the sense of trying to figure out "who done it". The author actually does quite a bit of leading and obvious foreshadowing. There's a small twist at the end, though a careful reader would have suspected it. The moral questions the story raises would make for interesting discussion topics - revenge, making amends, cause-and-effect, chaos and the "butterfly" theory.
Overall, the story was intriguing enough to keep me reading, but I felt that it lacked in the areas of plot development and character development. I nOverall, the story was intriguing enough to keep me reading, but I felt that it lacked in the areas of plot development and character development. I never felt that I really got to know any of the women, that I had a sense of who they were and what made them tick. And the dialogue was truly confusing at times. The decision to allow each of the characters tell a portion of the story was fine, but even when using that method, the author should be able to give us a feel for all of the characters from the varying viewpoints of each. That never happened for me as the reader. Additionally, the storyline did not move as fluidly as I would have liked. The author would start in one direction and then the next paragraph would randomly take the reader off on a tangent in another direction. I also felt that the ending was too abrupt and there should have been more closure to the storyline than just Keller's (very short and limited) perspective 10 years into the future....more
I received an advanced copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley.
The third installment of Ms. Carr’s new series is just as enjoyable as the first two.I received an advanced copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley.
The third installment of Ms. Carr’s new series is just as enjoyable as the first two. In this book we get an inside look at the life of a young woman, Devon, who has just managed to escape a cult located not too far from the small town of Thunder Point. We also delve a little deeper into the life of Spencer, the town’s new football coach and the man with whom Cooper shares co-parenting duties. While this was an entertaining story, the depiction of the ‘cult’ life is fairly tame compared to some of the real-life cult experiences one reads about in the news or tell-all books. However, most folks who read Carr’s books are not looking for horrific, gruesome details, but instead prefer her idealistic portrayal of small-town life. Overall, I found the description of Devon’s life to provide a satisfying level of melodrama with a happy ending. Where I felt that the book could have dug a little deeper was in providing more insight to Spencer as a character. Even though he is one of the protagonists in this book, I felt like he only served the purpose of Love Interest as opposed to Leading Man. I would have enjoyed getting to know him as Spencer, The Dad, and reading more scenes where he interacts with his son, Austin. I realize the boy is reaching that age where he seeks out his peers and older kids, as opposed to his parents, but if Spencer has been a good dad up to now (and we know he has from The Newcomer), then the bond between him and Austin should be strong enough that the kid would want to spend some time with his dad on occasion. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, wondering who the next victims of Cupid’s arrow will be. Perhaps the good doctor? Or will Thunder Point's local real estate agent finally meet the man of her dreams? Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out…...more
While I enjoyed returning to Wexford with Rory, my overall impression with this book was a little on the blah side compared with its predecessor. I waWhile I enjoyed returning to Wexford with Rory, my overall impression with this book was a little on the blah side compared with its predecessor. I was expecting something a bit more intense and suspenseful, and this felt a little flat. Still good - read it in less than 48 hours, but it didn't pull me in the way The Name of the Star did. Since it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, let's hope the third book brings back more of the suspense....more
4.5 stars. Delightful! I read this book in less than 24 hours. Loved the characters and wish the story could have continued on.
I know some readers did4.5 stars. Delightful! I read this book in less than 24 hours. Loved the characters and wish the story could have continued on.
I know some readers didn't enjoy the format of letters & telegrams, but I thought it was well done. Unlike others, I felt that the voices and personalities of the individual characters came across well in their writings, and I definitely found them to be distinct enough to differentiate between them. The main character, Juliet's, tone was so vivacious and full of energy, honest but friendly and lighthearted. You could sense Dawsey's more reserved, quiet, unassuming nature from his first correspondence. Amelia came across to me as a genteel, kind-hearted grandmotherly type, and Isola was just as straightforward and blunt in her own letters as she was in the descriptions others wrote of her. Many of the tertiary island characters seemed of a similar bent, but I think that is to be expected due to their situation. People from tightly circumscribed geographical locations tend to have many of the same environmental influences that would affect them in similar ways, including manner of speech.
Overall, I highly recommend it to readers who like to fall in love with the characters in books, folks who are fond of small town fiction and those who enjoy novels about loyalty and friendship....more
I received a digital ARC of this title through NetGalley (I love that they help feed my addiction to some of my favorite authors, those lovely enablerI received a digital ARC of this title through NetGalley (I love that they help feed my addiction to some of my favorite authors, those lovely enablers!)
My second visit to Thunder Point - and I always consider Carr's books to be like visits to the small towns where they are set - was just as enjoyable as the first. Like other readers, I was a bit confused by the title at first, as no new main characters were introduced. However, partway into the book Cooper himself realizes that he is a "newcomer" in town, not just a visitor, but now the newest resident to settle down, and I'm certain it's in reference to him. Therefore, "Newcomer" is fairly apt, though it does a disservice to what is purportedly the primary romance of the book, the one between Mac and Gina. This book deviates a bit from Carr's usual format in that it doesn't focus on one budding relationship, but instead delves more deeply into two relationships that are growing and maturing. Seeing as how I love her books in part because I like knowing what continues to happen in the lives of characters I've come to love, this suited me just fine. And, truthfully, I've never really noticed a strong tie between the titles of her books and the content, which is okay, because the content is so good.
Looking forward to #3 "The Hero" coming out next month. Ahem, NetGalley... pretty please? :) ...more
While this was a good story, I have trouble giving it more than three stars. I listened to the audiobook version, and my first point of contention wasWhile this was a good story, I have trouble giving it more than three stars. I listened to the audiobook version, and my first point of contention was the narrator. She spoke almost too slowly, with long pauses, and had no ability to alter her own voice to create different voices for the characters. When listening to dialogue between characters, it was sometimes difficult to determine who was saying what, not to mention when there was a change in narrator.
My second point of contention, the thing that made this book difficult for me, was the underlying story of Lindley's abuse. It were no overly graphic descriptions of it, yet its pervasiveness throughout the story caused me to have disturbing/unpleasant dreams. I wish there had been some warning in the book summary that this was going to be a major part of the story so that I could have made my choice to read/listen accordingly.
I did enjoy the twist near the end (though I had already anticipated it), but I found myself thinking back through the story trying to make everything fit. I was a bit confused as to when the actual abuse occured, where Towner/Sophya was residing when it occured, and whether or not her memories from childhood were made up (summer visits from Lindley, what happened during the school years when Lindley was gone, etc.). I'm trying not to give too much away, though it's hard when the plot twist creates a bunch of questions....more
It took me a while to get into this book - I just couldn't connect with the characters at first. However, after discussing it with some collegues of mIt took me a while to get into this book - I just couldn't connect with the characters at first. However, after discussing it with some collegues of mine who loved it, I continued reading it with the their comments/opinions in mind, and was able to better enjoy it. Plus, it really does get better once the characters leave London and travel north. My one beef would be the ending, where right in the middle of all the action, the writing style changes from drawn-out descriptions to a tumble of events that fall onto the page in sudden succession without much leading up. For me, this ruined the sense of anticipation and tension that normally would accompany the final climactic scene in a story....more