Well I finished the saga... at least I can say that much. With how promising the series started out with "The Giver", I'm rather disappointed with theWell I finished the saga... at least I can say that much. With how promising the series started out with "The Giver", I'm rather disappointed with the rest - "Gathering Blue", "Messenger", and "Son". In these later three, Lowry goes on forever with her story-building until the last two chapters that contain ALL of the action, and usually with very little detail in the resolution (if there even IS resolution). And it really bothers me when writers can't keep their storylines straight. In "Gathering Blue" Christopher (the Seer) tells Kira that he was found in the Field by people from Village and they carried him there and healed him. In "Son" it says that he stumbled there himself. And I may be wrong about this, but didn't Jonas run away with Gabe a lot sooner in "The Giver" than they make it seem in "Son"? It's been awhile since I read "The Giver", but I hadn't thought they were on the eve of another Ceremony of Twelve when Jonas learned they were going to release Gabe and decided to take him and run, but that is how it happens in "Son". Overall... not a great ending to an excellent firs book. Lowry probably should've just left "The Giver" alone and left people wondering what happened instead of writing these....more
This book was terrible. I had never read a Koontz book before, but I picked this one up because it sounded interesting. A guy gets a heart transplantThis book was terrible. I had never read a Koontz book before, but I picked this one up because it sounded interesting. A guy gets a heart transplant and then a woman stalks him wanting it back? Sure, I'll give it a try. BAD IDEA. But as bad as picking the book up in the first place was, sticking with it to the end was worse.
There is so much wrong with this book, not the least of which is that this woman who wants the heart back DOESN'T SHOW UP UNTIL 222 PAGES IN. Technically, he glimpses her around page 185 and she plays some tricks to torment him in his house... but he doesn't actually see her face until page 222. Everything before that? Unnecessary side stories and unbelievably excessive detail. It is amazing how Koontz can give so much detail and still say nothing. NOTHING!! Oh the wind, and the trees, and the birds, and the clouds, and the sea... he explains everything at every moment to the point of nausea.
Once this woman finally shows up, the main character, Ryan, still goes on stupid trips to add to the unnecessary side stories that were introduced in the first half of the book. This woman who wants his new heart back BARELY plays a role in the story. She's likely featured for... maybe 60 pages all said and done? With the tricks, the glimpses, the meeting, and the final showdown? Yeah. 60 pages. Pathetic, given that this is supposed to be the main storyline, given the description of the book. Why not just give a blurb saying "Ryan needs a new heart, so he spends half of the book paranoid and following idiotic threads that mean nothing, and building a relationship with a character that leads to nothing, and developing theories about identical twins that lead to nothing... but then he gets a new heart, and yet he's still paranoid, so off on tangents he goes again... oh, and just for fun there's a teeny tiny little bit about a crazy woman who wants his transplanted heart back". (view spoiler)[And after all of that intensity, and planning, and toying, she doesn't even kill him? She shoots him three times and leaves him for dead, and she and her accomplice leave his DAD alive, whom they had planned to kill but also don't, and who obviously calls 911 and keeps Ryan from dying... (hide spoiler)] It was all just absurd! Terrible, terrible, terrible.
I'm so furious with this book I will never pick up another Koontz title. If this is the type of crap he spits out I have no idea how he became such a popular author. It's evident someone LOVES his thesaurus, but using a variety of descriptive words does not make for a good story. Was he running low on cash? Gets paid per page that he writes, even if it's mind-numbingly awful? I really can't say enough bad things about this story.
I recommend this story to NO ONE and am relieved that I spent no money on this book and that it only came to my attention because I weeded it from my library due to poor circulation.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sally is murdered during a farm massacre in Northern South Africa, but she doesn't leave. Instead, she watches over those she cares about from the aftSally is murdered during a farm massacre in Northern South Africa, but she doesn't leave. Instead, she watches over those she cares about from the afterlife, following one story thread after another. She watches her sister, Adele, whose guilt over banishing Sally from her life eats away at her. She watches her brother-in-law, Liam, the man Sally loved but could never have. She watches her daughter, Gigi, now living with Adele, Liam and their children, Bryony and Tyler, as she tries to battle through her grief. She even watches the neighbour, Lesedi, a witchdoctor who tells Sally that the darkness has not yet left her family. The shadows are a warning: Bryony's life is in danger.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has an overall dark feel to it, as it focuses on the brutal murder of Sally and the aftermath, but the darkness does not consume the entire book. There are moments of happiness - mostly through flashbacks - woven throughout the story to balance out the darkness. Narrating from the afterlife has been done before, but not quite in this way, with the victim being drawn back to her family by story threads that demand to be heard. The book was very well-written and flowed nicely. It had a nice, quick pace, and the flashbacks to fill in the gaps in the storyline were cleverly placed. The introduction of the witchdoctor, or sangoma, was at first puzzling to me as I didn't see the point of the extra character, but it all pieced together in the end. Overall, good story!
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