This is a fast, tense read. It's definitely not great literature, but it was different and I enjoyedThe best word to describe this book is "uneven."
This is a fast, tense read. It's definitely not great literature, but it was different and I enjoyed it. There were some really great moments, and you can definitely tell that Adamson is a poet at heart. It's dark, but there's a lot of hope and pleasure and happiness as well. Interesting characters, who are not particularly well drawn, nor believable. A lot of inconsistencies. A few that were hard to forgive.
My biggest disappointment was with the brothers. In the beginning, they are brilliant, foreboding, really monstrous seeming villains. But that doesn't last.
I was disappointed that Adamson didn't do a little more with Mary's mental illness. As with a lot of things in the book, it was prominent at the start, but then dropped later on.
It feels like the author had a lot of ideas at the beginning of the book, then didn't know where to go with them and so dropped them, leaving the reader going "Wait a minute. What about...?" Definitely feels like a first book, award winner or not.
I enjoyed it, but have quite a few complaints. I would be curious to read a novel down the road from Adamson, when she's - hopefully - developed a bit more as a novelist....more