I devoured this book! It was soap opera-like and relied on huge coincidences and, and I guessed many of the twists ahead of time - but none of that reI devoured this book! It was soap opera-like and relied on huge coincidences and, and I guessed many of the twists ahead of time - but none of that really mattered because I enjoyed every minute of it. My favorite parts were the in-between-chapters bits where the other kindergarten parents commented on the events, serving up bits of gossip and differing opinions - I would love to go back and just listen to all those parts again, knowing how things came out. I can't wait to watch the HBO miniseries if this book in 2017....more
Really mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, this book takes right off with a cast of compelling characters and an intriguing mystery - whatReally mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, this book takes right off with a cast of compelling characters and an intriguing mystery - what trauma caused Emily to disappear and start a new life? - at the story's center, and I really enjoyed first 80% of the story. But when I finally learned the answer to the mystery, I felt really let down. Looking back at the novel as a whole, I think the author spent too much time on all the mundane details of Emily setting up her new life as Cat - we get a blow-by-blow description of her purchasing the things she needs in her new bedroom, opening a bank account, getting to know the others in rundown rooming house where she first settles - but it never really comes to anything. There are two or three background chapters for her new best friend, Angel - why? And then there is Caroline, Emily's difficult twin sister, on whom so much narrative space is used, but in the end, the story of the sisters' difficult relationship comes to very little. The last several chapters are all over the place and a real mess. So disappointing after a promising start!...more
**spoiler alert** The short review is that I never really enjoyed this book, which was about twice as long as it needed to be, and then it had a reall**spoiler alert** The short review is that I never really enjoyed this book, which was about twice as long as it needed to be, and then it had a really stupid twist ending. So then I really hated it.
The long story is: Boy meets Manic Pixie Dream Girl and they have a ton of mind-blowing sex. When he comes up for air, he notices a few things about her are a little off. But, she's really hot, and, you know, mind-blowing sex! So he's in love with her. Because of course he is. Charlie is a bundle of impulsive, outrageous behavior and other red flags, but she looks good, cooks for the guy, and is always ready to jump into bed, so that's good enough for our hero, Andrew.
Then bad stuff begins to happen to Andrew and everyone close to him. Could it be Charlie who is causing all of it?
No! Guess what? Andrew's so unlucky that he's managed to attract *two* totally psychotic chicks into his life - but only of them, a minor character who has thus far demonstrated absolutely nothing that might tell the reader she's anything other than a minor character, is homicidal. Surprise! Then there is eye torture, and more carnage.
After we're asked to swallow that craptastic twist, we learn that Andrew still loves Charlie, the lesser of two psychos. She only lied to him countless times, kept from him that she was still living with her ex-boyfriend the whole time she's been seeing him, destroyed things, messed up his apartment and slashed herself with a butcher knife in a drunken, jealous rage, accused him of sleeping with other women several times, and offered his pretty cleaning woman money to stop cleaning for him. Only compared to someone who killed several people, framed a man for pedophilia, disfigured a woman with acid and pushed Andrew down the subway stairs can Charlie still seem like good girlfriend material. Good luck with that, Andrew! You are a moron....more
This book was well done, but I really didn't enjoy it. Being inside the head of an abusive boyfriend/husband was really unpleasant and although the twThis book was well done, but I really didn't enjoy it. Being inside the head of an abusive boyfriend/husband was really unpleasant and although the twists were interesting, I rolled my eyes at the set up of the final confrontation because there's just no way it would have happened that way....more