I have to say that I personally have a hard time starting and finishing a book. I have to be in the right mood and atmosphere. In a nutshell, I devourI have to say that I personally have a hard time starting and finishing a book. I have to be in the right mood and atmosphere. In a nutshell, I devoured this book within a few days, just like that. I had never heard of author Mary Kubica but I will definitely check out her other book, "The Good Girl." This author's writing was very efficient, quick-witted, descriptive, and emotional. In a few parts of the book, I actually teared up pretty bad, even though nothing in this book related to my actual life or past life. It shows how strong of an author Kubica is if she can capture tears from an audience member who can't relate to any of the characters. Doesn't mean I disliked the characters. Let's go over the plot and what I liked about the characters. Don't worry, no spoilers ;)
Plot: Heidi, a wife and nonprofit worker with a preteen named Zoe and busy but loving husband, Chris. She continues to see a teenage girl with a baby at bus stops and a library, secretly watching and feeling bad for them. So from point A to point C, this novel unravels into a crazy mess once Heidi takes in this teen girl and baby into her home.
Heidi: Typical and overbearing loving wife. Kind of reminded me of my mother, only Heidi got on my bad side quite a bit with her controlling needs toward her husband who never got any say of anything that happened in their life. Heidi unravels as someone with mental problems and desperate attempts. Overall, interesting character but definitely my least favorite.
Willow: The teen with a baby captured my heart. The way the author unraveled her past, feeding the audience just chunks and bits here and there of how her childhood was. It was brilliant and made me love the character more and sympathize with her situation.
Chris: Chris is the typical husband who works a lot and takes business trips. I have to say, I love when he narrates because he is the most rational character. I get to look into the mind of a married man who is happy for the most part but confesses some dirty secrets. Love this character though. Very responsible husband and father.
Zoe: The daughter of Heidi and Chris. She's a typical rebellious preteen but it's fun to watch her interact with her overbearing mother. Definitely entertaining character.
Why it got 4 stars instead of 5: I understand that this is a Best-Seller but I spotted 5 or 6 errors. I feel the editing could have been more perfected, being as this is a Best-Seller. As an indie author myself, I'd definitely have more than 1 editor, since the 5 or 6 errors I spotted in this book were pretty noticeable.
I feel this book was really good. It is hard for a single book to capture my attention but this one was an exception. Mary Kubica is a true inspiration to all writers and readers....more
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