While there were some parts of the book that were very good and realistic, such as the interaction between the main character and his wife, there wereWhile there were some parts of the book that were very good and realistic, such as the interaction between the main character and his wife, there were other parts that weren't. I could see what the author was trying to do, but that was the problem. It was too obvious, to blatant. Some of reminiscences felt too much like tangents. I also felt like the book fell on it's face in the last couple of chapters. You're at the climax of the story and all of a sudden it's the epilogue. It doesn't transition well at all and I felt the ending was rather blah.
Caitlin before her capture came off as creepy rather than as a normal child because of the scene with her nearly getting run over when the book opened. This made it hard to really care about her through the rest of the book. Yes terrible things happen to her that no one should have to go through, but her character always felt rather flat to me, especially because all the other characters are so animated and emotional.
I don't really consider this book a mystery or a thriller. There really wasn't much of a mystery, you know pretty early on in the book who the culprit is, and despite the attempts to cast doubt on another character it's still blatantly obvious. And the book didn't really seem like much of a thriller in my opinion. That aside, it's not a bad read. It's interesting, and the author does a good job at many aspects of the relationships between the characters. But that's really what the book is about, the relationships between people who surround Caitlin's abduction, the events themselves and any mystery/thriller aspects are secondary. If this is the kind of story you're looking for you'll probably enjoy it....more
I am not normally a romance reader. I don't mind romance in my stories, but I have a tendency to get bored when characters spend pages gazing at the oI am not normally a romance reader. I don't mind romance in my stories, but I have a tendency to get bored when characters spend pages gazing at the other and waxing on about the other. I only came across this book because my friend shoved it in my hands and told me to read it.
This book didn't bore me. You could actually see the characters change and grow as people. That is where the focus of the story lies and that is the part that makes this book memorable. Rather than being will-they, won't-they get together conflict like other romance novels I've read, this book drew tension from overcoming the past and building a new future. There is a lot of quiet strength in both of our leads and the author does an amazing job of showing this quality rather than telling us.
This book is well written enough that it's worth a shot even if romance isn't your usual genre....more