I was really interested in reading this book. The concept was really intriguing, and provided an opportunity for a great story. The idea of a baby selI was really interested in reading this book. The concept was really intriguing, and provided an opportunity for a great story. The idea of a baby selling ring and a predator who takes advantage of young girls to impregnate them for the purpose of selling their babies, was great, but in the end, I was very disappointed with this book. The characters were all unlikeable, and many of their actions just did not ring true. The book also needed a good editor, as it was about 100 pages too long, repeating thoughts and dialogue that was unnecessary for the story. Also, the idea that a "good mother" stays with a physically and emotionally abusive husband to hold a family together, is just wrong!! ...more
This blockbuster book was a huge disappointment for me. I think this will be a book where the movie outshines the original. It seemed like about twiceThis blockbuster book was a huge disappointment for me. I think this will be a book where the movie outshines the original. It seemed like about twice as much book than was necessary to me. Yes, the were interesting descriptions and many twists and turns, but so often I wanted to yell-"I get it, I get it! Get on with it already!". I didn't count, but there must have been more than a dozen phrases just to describe male masturbation alone.
I listened to it on Audible and it definitely came across as he bitched then she bitched---two selfish, self-centered people who were unhappy and resentful about everything and everyone. I just couldn't feel any sympathy or empathy for anyone in this story. The thrill of marital abuse turned against one another just lost it's charm very soon.
The fact that the author drew situations and people from the hyped media news was cleaver for a while, but that became as annoying as hearing the same news story over, and over, and over all the time in the actual media. Enough said---it just did not entertain me for 432 pages worth of annoyance just to get to the point of this story of planned selfishness and hatred spread nicely around for everyone to share. The "twist" I'd been expecting was a big disappointment too. Guess I just don't march to the same drumbeat as the fans of this book!! ...more
This book was a conundrum for me. I read it because it won the Edgar award for the best first novel. Unfortunately, I felt it was more a statement onThis book was a conundrum for me. I read it because it won the Edgar award for the best first novel. Unfortunately, I felt it was more a statement on legalized abortions rather than a true mystery. Fortunately, the writing was descriptive and creative; unfortunately, I did not like---more like actively disliked---all the characters, even the children. This story was a lesson in bigotry, ignorance, meanness, and hatred. Hopefully, this talented author will choose a different storyline, with a few like able characters in her next book----fore, with this talent there needs to be many more future books!!! ...more
This book was not for me. I was hoping for a light romance with a little substance, but it was more a lust for food and lustful romance. More sex thanThis book was not for me. I was hoping for a light romance with a little substance, but it was more a lust for food and lustful romance. More sex than loving relationships. Though if that is what you're looking for, the book was written fairly well.
Summer Lyndon, super chef who commands respect and large payments for her delectable treats, is hired by Blake Cocharan, successful hotel owner, to super class his hotel restaurants. The attraction is immediate and goes through some issues before all live happily ever after.
The best part was the narration of the book on audio. Great accents....more
The setting of this book really sounded interesting--North Korea. Then add a mystery, and I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it reThe setting of this book really sounded interesting--North Korea. Then add a mystery, and I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it really disappointed me. It's the first book in a series, and "introduces" Inspector O. But that was one of my big problems. I'm one that always likes to read the first book in a series just so I can get a really good feel for the main character. This book is actually told from the perspective of Insoector O being interrogated about a crime. Unfortunately, that left very little opportunity to get any background on Inspector O. The setting was a different matter. I got a real feel for the mountainous scenery and different buildings of the area.
Someone is found dead in a hotel. But inspector O was sent on a diversion assignment to photograph a specific place at a specific time. Many chapters later, we see that all this was a diversion that Inspector O tried to muddle through on his own ethical terms, but the North Korean government wanted to keep their actual crimes covered up. This was not really developed sufficiently in my mind. I found the back and forth between interrogating and first person narrative a bit confusing also.
Though I found lots of potential to like, I think James Church (a pseudo name for an actual North Korean spy) could have done so much more to introduce this character and develop his mystery. Unsure if I would read more of these book or not, though the North Korean aspect still intrigues me....more