“Breathing Out the Ghost” by Kirk Curnutt is an indescribable novel. The title sounds like a horror novel, but it’s touted as being a mystery thriller...more“Breathing Out the Ghost” by Kirk Curnutt is an indescribable novel. The title sounds like a horror novel, but it’s touted as being a mystery thriller. It’s neither. There is no mystery. There are no thrills. The action is minimal. “Breathing Out the Ghost” is really a literary study of how people cope or don’t cope with the loss of a child. We’re talking about the kids on milk cartons here; the ones they put out Amber alerts for. This book tells the cold hard story of parents left behind and what they go through. The one stark truth is that everybody reacts differently to the loss of a child.
This novel is told from different points of view. It starts with Colin St. Claire recording a message to his missing son, moves to a detective whose career is destroyed by his reaction to the case, then follows a woman whose 20-year-old daughter was murdered 15 years earlier and whose small town is now looking for a missing boy. There’s even one very disturbing chapter that is told from a pedophile’s point of view. I have to say that I could have done without that chapter. It was too graphic for me and I thought the author captured the pedophile’s thought process too well.
Author Kirk Curnutt does an amazing job of tracing Colin St. Claire’s slide into insanity that begins with the disappearance of his 4-year-old son in a Home Depot parking lot. I never really figured out if Colin expects to find his son alive or dead—it’s all about the search. He throws his life away to pursue a ghost of an idea that is his son.
It is quite obvious from Curnutt’s writing that he is very well-read. His language and allusions show that he has more than a passing acquaintance with great literature. I think “Breathing Out the Ghost” deserves to be ranked with the great literature of this generation. I certainly think it’s superior to something like “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will get the exposure that it needs to draw the attention of literary mavens, the “deciders” of what is and what is not literature. That’s just a shame. (less)
"A Good Day in Hell" is non-stop action thriller that also examines the causes and the motivations behind violent behavior and the effects of violence...more"A Good Day in Hell" is non-stop action thriller that also examines the causes and the motivations behind violent behavior and the effects of violence on individuals, good guys as well as bad. I blasted through it in two days. I stopped reading only when I had to. I wanted to find out what was going to happen on the next page, but knew the next page would always take me one page closer to the end.
I'm not going to summarize the plot. This is the second book I've read by J.D. Rhoades and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the next book in the series, Safe and Sound. (Yes, I read them out of order.) I will absolutely be keeping my eyes open for more of Rhoades' books. His work has a depth that is rarely found in genre fiction. Action thrillers aren't my favorite genre, I'm mostly a science fiction reader who likes action, but it's a pleasure to step outside my usual favorite genre to read a book by J.D. Rhoades.(less)
As much as I enjoyed "Trigger City" by Sean Chercover, I suspect I might have gotten more out of it if I had read "Big City, Bad Blood" first.
I was e...moreAs much as I enjoyed "Trigger City" by Sean Chercover, I suspect I might have gotten more out of it if I had read "Big City, Bad Blood" first.
I was expecting "Trigger City" to be a full-on action thriller. Instead, it was a thought-provoking mystery that provided a little action and a lot of surprises. I thought the character of Ray Dudgeon, the detective hired by a murdered woman's father to find out more about her life and death, to be very likable and realistic. Even though he sees himself as a tortured loner, he has a lot of friends who really care about him.
I do recommend "Trigger City" for anyone who prefers suspense to thrills, but doesn't mind a little violence.(less)
I have a lot of books to read. As a result, it is not unusual for me to have 2 or 3 books going at once. I’ll usually have one that I read at lunch, b...moreI have a lot of books to read. As a result, it is not unusual for me to have 2 or 3 books going at once. I’ll usually have one that I read at lunch, break and when I have to wait around for something. I’ll also have one on my nightstand to read before I go to sleep. “Web of Deceit” by Anthony Toro landed in my mailbox while I was in the middle of “Water for Elephants” and “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”. I actually finished “Water for Elephants” before starting “Web of Deceit”, but “A Long Way Gone” ended up languishing as I got caught up in the tale of a teenage girl who attracts the attention of an internet stalker.
“Web of Deceit” starts off with a bang. Annette, a fifteen year old whose family has just moved from San Diego to Tucson, is sitting at her computer when she gets a creepy instant message. It becomes clear from the message that she is being watched. She even hears typing from her parents’ computer in another room. Days later, after a couple of creepy incidents and some paranoiac false alarms, she is kidnapped at gunpoint by her stalker. He’s a bit delusional and thinks he can have a relationship with her. The scenes that take place while she is being held captive are gripping and convincing. However, the deus ex machina ending is a bit rushed and not very believable. That said, I think it is an ending that young adult readers would like and expect.
I believe that “Web of Deceit” is best suited to a teen audience. Unfortunately, I don’t think many boys will be interested in it because of the female protagonist and all the relationship stuff. I think it would be terrific for parents to read it along with their teens to use as a jumping off point for discussing internet safety. In fact, I think it would have been really good to include an appendix that discussed internet safety, how to protect privacy and what to do when you think you’re being stalked online and/or in real life. Resources would be a big plus.
I think there were a couple of things that could have made “Web of Deceit” stronger. First, I think the e-mails and chat would have been better if they had been written the way teens actually write them. There is a whole online language that young people use and it doesn’t involve proper spelling and good grammar. Also, the teenage characters talked the way I talked as a teenager. I used “neat” and “cool” a lot as a teenager, and I still do. I’m middle-aged. Using just a little twenty-first century slang would have made the dialogue a bit more realistic. Other than that, I think “Web of Deceit” is a terrific first novel and I look forward to seeing what Anthony Toro does next.
I absolutely loved "In the Woods". It started a bit slow, but the tension and suspense built steadily until the floodgates of discovery opened. The ch...moreI absolutely loved "In the Woods". It started a bit slow, but the tension and suspense built steadily until the floodgates of discovery opened. The characters were so well written and the plot was fantastic. The psychological aspect was intriguing. I had to force myself to put it down in the last 1/3. The ending surprised me, but it fit. (less)
Like Tana French's first novel, In the Woods, The Likeness A Novel is a mystery that focuses on the psychology of the detective more than the mystery...moreLike Tana French's first novel, In the Woods, The Likeness A Novel is a mystery that focuses on the psychology of the detective more than the mystery itself. It's about the way the detective's personal history can influence how he or she approaches a case. In this particular book, it's about how one person can come close to losing herself to another, more appealing identity.
As much as I enjoyed this book, it seemed more than improbable. A professional would never have done some of the things Cassie did in her undercover investigation. In fact, she never would have been able to go undercover anyway.
One of the complaints that people had about In the Woods was that one of the mysteries was never solved. I liked that about it. In The Likeness A Novel, French ties up the ends almost too neatly. One aspect of it should have remained a mystery and it didn't. I probably should have given the book 3 stars, but it did keep me turning the pages.(less)
Let me just start off by saying that I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers. However, it seems to me that one of the conventions of the genre require...moreLet me just start off by saying that I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers. However, it seems to me that one of the conventions of the genre requires have some sort of cop/detective in a series of books that all stand-alone. (Unlike the fantasy genre in which all the books in a series need to be read in order.) When I'm browsing in the genre, I sometimes get confused as to who the writer is and who the detective is. In the case of "Vanish" by Tess Gerritsen, I think the story would have been better served to not have the series protagonists. The parts of the story told by Mila were horrific and compelling. The could have seriously stood alone in a novel or been told in juxtaposition to the story of one of the hostages at the hospital.
I found the series leads of Maura and Jane to be boring and cliched. They moved around the story in improbable ways and I never got a real sense of motivation from them. Despite my dislike of the lead characters, I did find the story very engaging and finished it in about a day. It kept me up late last night. I read the blurbs on some of Gerritsen's other books when I was in the bookstore and the premises sound interesting. I will probably read The Mephisto Club A Novel because it sounds like a particularly interesting story and I really liked the excerpt that was printed at the end of this one. For a good story, I can overlook the weakness of the generic leads.(less)
I just hate the term "a real page-turner". However, that's what Sworn to Silence was. I kept sneaking reading time to find out what would happen next....moreI just hate the term "a real page-turner". However, that's what Sworn to Silence was. I kept sneaking reading time to find out what would happen next. It really deserves 3 to 3.5 stars, but I gave it a boost for how involved I got in it. I do have to say that I really did roll my eyes around page 250 and rolled them even more at page 260. Let's just say that something is brought into the story that is totally unnecessary and detracts from the overall realism of this mystery thriller.
I was really surprised at who the murderer was in this book. It made total sense once it was revealed, but I was very surprise. The only thing I was certain of was that the murderer was not the person the police chief thought it was. I really liked Chief Katie Burkholder. She was an interesting, although somewhat cliched, protagonist. The ending was very dramatic and suspenseful, but pretty predictable.
In many ways, Sworn to Silence reminded me of In the Woods by Tana French. It was almost as good, but a bit more cliched and predictable. I can forgive the flaws though because I did get sucked in and that counts for something.
Now, I do feel compelled to offer a caveat here. Sworn to Silence is not for those with weak stomachs or who can't handle graphic descriptions of mutilated corpse and sexual assault. I was cringing at some of the descriptions of the murder victims in this book and the scenes that were from the killer's or victims' point of view were really hard to take. I suspect that Ms. Castillo did a lot of research because her descriptions struck me as horrifyingly realistic. I definitely would not be able to handle this if it were a movie, it would just be too hard to see. (less)
Other than a great first chapter, I had a hard time getting through the first 200 pages of this book. The mysteries (two of them) really seemed to be...moreOther than a great first chapter, I had a hard time getting through the first 200 pages of this book. The mysteries (two of them) really seemed to be going nowhere and didn't seem connected at all. I didn't care about any of the characters. About 200 pages in, when everything starts to get connected, it becomes much more interesting. However, I never grew to care about the characters and a lot of the plot seemed too far-fetched and contrived. I liked how it ended, I just wish the journey had been better.(less)
Tim Powers is not an easy author to read. It took me two tries to get through Declare because it was so densely packed action and ideas. It required w...moreTim Powers is not an easy author to read. It took me two tries to get through Declare because it was so densely packed action and ideas. It required way too much brain power the first time I tried to read it. The Anubis Gates was convoluted and required a bit of knowledge about English Literature (thank goodness I majored) and Egyptian mythology (limited, at best). Both were very good, but required a lot of work out of the reader.
With Three Days to Never, Powers manages to make his fantastically bizarre plot accessible and easy to read. Yeah! It's every bit as creative and weird as Declare and The Anubis Gates, but it's comprehensible without a lot of paging back. I think it's an excellent first choice for someone who is curious about Tim Powers work.(less)
I won this book through GoodReads. (You're required to disclose if you got a book free in your online reviews now. It's some government regulation.)
Re...moreI won this book through GoodReads. (You're required to disclose if you got a book free in your online reviews now. It's some government regulation.)
Reckless by Andrew Gross starts off like one of those old episodes of Columbo where you see the crime and know whodunit but then get to watch Detective Columbo solve it. However, in this case, each piece of the puzzle reveals a much bigger picture and a much wider conspiracy than originally imagined. In any other mystery/thriller, the author's tendency to keep the reader one step ahead of the investigators would be really annoying. Here though, Gross is constantly mis-directing both the protagonists and us. The pacing of this novel is excellent and the short chapters worked well to keep me turning the pages. I'd recommend Reckless for any conspiracy theorists out there. You'll love the twist ending.(less)
When I was a kid growing up in northern San Diego County in the Sixties and Seventies, we used to make a yearly trek to Disneyland. We'd also make oth...moreWhen I was a kid growing up in northern San Diego County in the Sixties and Seventies, we used to make a yearly trek to Disneyland. We'd also make other treks to points north, especially Long Beach. Up until around 1974 or so, northern San Diego County was a pretty podunk place, but Orange County was even podunkier. Going up I-5 (or I-405), you saw hardly any civilization until you hit Anaheim or Long Beach. Even Anaheim would have been nothing if it weren't for the cheap motels and coffee shops lining Harbor Blvd. to serve the crowds visiting Disneyland. The rest was orange groves. On the coastal side, Huntington Beach was nothing but oil wells that we would call "grasshoppers". The town I live in now barely existed. Most of the homes in my community were built in the Seventies.
California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker does a good job of capturing Orange County life as I imagine it was in 1968. Orange groves are starting to convert to suburbia. Drive-in churches come into existence. The beach life includes plenty of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I recognized a lot of the landmarks described in the story. Unfortunately, it seemed like Parker was trying to squeeze in every detail about 1968 Orange County. The main characters' parents are acquainted with Richard Nixon. The murder victim was a follower/friend of Timothy Leary. We even get to meet a folk-singer named Charles Manson! Sometimes, you just need to stick with the details that are significant, not try to include everything.
Despite its historical accuracy and rich setting, California Girl was a bore. It took way too long for Detective Nick Becker to solve the murder. Heck, I knew who did it about halfway through. The "twist" wasn't even a twist to me. Don't even get me going about the part where Nick and Lobdell go down to Ensenada, Mexico to take their suspect back to Orange County. That whole sequence was completely unbelievable and implausible. I just didn't buy it.
Although I rarely give authors a second chance if I don't like the first book I read by them, I will try to read another of his works. I met him last weekend at the LA Times Festival of Books and he was quite personable. I've heard that he's a good writer and he does live in Orange County. I suspect I just got a lemon with California Girl.(less)
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was getting Nine Dragons signed at the LA Times Festival of Books and this poor author got stuck...moreI really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was getting Nine Dragons signed at the LA Times Festival of Books and this poor author got stuck next to Michael Connelly who had a huge line. Mr. Rice had no people getting his signature. The cover caught my eye and I asked what the book was about. It sounded interesting enough, so I got a copy.
While The Moonlit Earth has a good plot, it fell a bit flat for me. It tried to go too many directions and spent a lot of time at the end with characters explaining things to each other and trying to wrap up the disparate plot lines. It never really had a good, convincing bad guy either. I liked it, but I didn't love it and I doubt that I'll remember much about it a year from now.(less)
Michael on the Books on the Nightstand podcast is constantly raving about this book. After listening to an excerpt, I downloaded it in audio. The Swee...moreMichael on the Books on the Nightstand podcast is constantly raving about this book. After listening to an excerpt, I downloaded it in audio. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a totally charming mystery that reminds me a lot of the old Agatha Christie novels. Flavia DeLuce is a very compelling detective, especially when you consider the heroine is only eleven. Despite the age of the protagonist, this is a book for grownups. However, I didn't find anything I'd object to having a child read. I would have loved this when I was Flavia's age because this is exactly the kind of thing I was reading then. This isn't high literature, but it's a lot of fun.
The audio was great too. The narrator perfectly captured Flavia's enthusiasm, especially about chemistry. I'll definitely be continuing to listen to this series in audio. (less)
I really don't want to wait for the next Flavia de Luce book to come out. I really love these and I want more. The narration is pitch-perfect on the a...moreI really don't want to wait for the next Flavia de Luce book to come out. I really love these and I want more. The narration is pitch-perfect on the audio production. The narrator is wonderfully enthusiastic, just like Flavia.(less)
I read both of Tana French's prior books in print and was really looking forward to reading this one as well. However, when I listened to the sample o...moreI read both of Tana French's prior books in print and was really looking forward to reading this one as well. However, when I listened to the sample on Audible, I just knew that this one had to be listened to rather than read. Tim Gerard Reynolds does an absolutely perfect job with the story of Frank Mackey. I found myself listening at times when I otherwise wouldn't be listening to an audio book.
Ostensibly, Faithful Place is a murder mystery. However, it's really a story about family and the messy relationships we have with people we just happen to be related to. It's also about class struggle and identity. It's definitely more literature than mystery. (I figured out who did it really early even if Frank was too blind to see it.)
While this is technically a follow-up to The Likeness: A Novel, you don't need to read the prior novels before reading this. Tana French's novels stand alone quite well. This one doesn't even share any characters other than Frank with the prior novels.(less)
I was getting my hair colored yesterday and the lady in the next chair at the salon saw that I was reading What the Night Knows and got really excited...moreI was getting my hair colored yesterday and the lady in the next chair at the salon saw that I was reading What the Night Knows and got really excited. Dean Koontz is her favorite writer of all time. I think it nearly broke her heart to learn that the book wasn't going to be released until December 28. I was fortunate enough to win this mesmerizing novel through FirstReads.
As a reader, I've recently started straying outside my usual favorite SF&F genre. I've explored some mystery/thrillers, and have more recently picked up some horror. I've read some Stephen King and the first three Odd Thomas novels by Dean Koontz. Frankly, I think Koontz is a far better writer than King. (Don't hurt me.) While reading What the Night Knows, I ran across paragraphs and sentences that blew me away with how well written they were. There's one paragraph that describes married lovemaking in a way that is so true and not at all dirty or voyeuristic. The way he captured the internal lives of the Calvino children was quite impressive.
I'm not going to go into any details about the plot, but I am going to tell you that this book kept me up past midnight because I couldn't put it down after I reached the halfway point. To me, that's a sign of a really good book. I will definitely be reading more Dean Koontz.(less)
This book is even fluffier than the first book in the series, Elvis and the Dearly Departed. Its silliness wore thin for me. I think I might have been...moreThis book is even fluffier than the first book in the series, Elvis and the Dearly Departed. Its silliness wore thin for me. I think I might have been okay if it had been a mass-market paperback, but it was a $22.00 hardback. Thank goodness I won it through FirstReads. I can't imagine why the publisher thought it was a good idea to release it in hardback. Even more shocking, the Nook version is $13.20. Why? It's okay, but even if I really loved the Southern chick-lit mystery genre, I'd be hard pressed to justify spending that kind of money for something so short and fluffy. The book wasn't bad, I probably would have given it 3 stars if I hadn't been so ticked about the format.
I just laughed when I got the e-mail saying I had won this through FirstReads. I read the first book in the series a few weeks ago because it was offered free for the Nook. My mom wanted to borrow it, but I didn't have a paper version to share. I told her that it was good for a free book, but I wouldn't spend money on it. So, I'm getting another installment that I don't need to spend money on. Mom will be happy.
I really loved the first three installments of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. Each book so far has been better than the last. So, I started Odd Hour...moreI really loved the first three installments of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. Each book so far has been better than the last. So, I started Odd Hours with a great deal of anticipation. I was so disappointed. The story was flat and didn't make a whole lot of sense. Frank Sinatra is not a good replacement for Elvis Presley. I did like the ghost dog and the aging movie star, but they weren't enough to carry the novel.(less)
I won Stay With Me through FirstReads. I'm really torn between giving it 3 stars and giving it 4. I'm going to go ahead and put 4 because it did keep...moreI won Stay With Me through FirstReads. I'm really torn between giving it 3 stars and giving it 4. I'm going to go ahead and put 4 because it did keep me turning pages and I really cared about the characters. The premise is really interesting. Five very young children are found alone on a luxury fishing boat in Puerto Rico after a hurricane. They are all too young to talk and can't tell their rescuers their names or what happened. Although they are adopted by families all over the U.S., they remain in touch and consider themselves to be siblings. When the oldest develops a rare, fatal brain tumor, he starts to access his earliest memories. That causes all kind of issues among the siblings. Like I said, it kept me turning pages because I just had to find out how they ended up on that boat.
The novel does have some flaws. It has a lot of improbable situations. Unfortunately, I can't get into them without spoiling the book. It was also a little too much like an Eighties movie where a group of people in their early thirties bound by family ties or friendship get together and spend more time dealing with issues than enjoying each other's company. Despite the flaws, I did enjoy Stay With Me quite a lot.(less)
I had a nice long review typed up and then GoodReads went down while I was posting and it got lost.
I got Beautiful Lies because it was on sale for Noo...moreI had a nice long review typed up and then GoodReads went down while I was posting and it got lost.
I got Beautiful Lies because it was on sale for Nook and because I've heard lots of good things about Lisa Unger. This mystery/thriller sucked me in from the first chapter. Unger's prose is wonderful, it's so descriptive and evocative. I really grew attached to Ridley and was fearful for her. Yes, almost everything in the story was pretty far-fetched, but Unger somehow made it seem quite believable. Her mystery is quite good. As soon as one layer is revealed, it turns out that there's more underneath.
I highly recommend this book for those who don't necessarily read mystery/thrillers regularly but like one that is well-written and non-formulaic.(less)
I absolutely adore Flavia de Luce, a precocious 11 year old who tries to solve the murders that seem to be occuring quite frequently in the town of Bi...moreI absolutely adore Flavia de Luce, a precocious 11 year old who tries to solve the murders that seem to be occuring quite frequently in the town of Bishop's Lacy. (I listen to audio, so forgive me if I spell things wrong.) Quite frankly, the little village has so many murders, I would think one would be safer living in South Los Angeles.
Reading A Red Herring Without Mustard, I realized what makes the character of Flavia so appealing. She is extremely intelligent, perhaps too much for her own good. However, she's pretty naive about a lot of things as well. She doesn't realize that her sisters do love her even though they constantly torment her. She doesn't realize the implications of her father's financial situation. She doesn't see herself the way others see her and it shocks her when people tell her things about herself that she can't imagine being true.
I am starting to wonder a few things about Flavia and her family. First, does Flavia ever go to school? What about her sisters? I think all three books have taken place during one summer, but Flavia never mentions the last school year or the upcoming one. We learn in this book that Flavia doesn't have any friends. Why? Is it because she doesn't go to school?
I also wonder why her mother went mountain climbing in the Himalayas when Flavia was a baby. It seems quite odd. Is it possible that the mountain climbing story is a cover up for something else that happened to Harriet? Could it be that she's not really dead?
I also have to wonder why the Colonel's name is de Luce as well as the girls when it's pointed out that the house and money belonged to Harriet. She was the de Luce, not the Colonel. Did he take her name when they married? And, wouldn't he and/or the girls have inherited the house and money when Harriet died? It seems as if they didn't. does that mean that Harriet just disappeared?
The fact that I'm wondering these things and hoping that my questions get answered in future volumes just goes to show how involved I've become with Flavia's story. However, I do hope that she's twelve years old by the next time we see her. I hope she's in school too.
As usual, Jane Entwhistle did a terrific job of narrating. She captures Flavia's energy and enthusiasm perfectly. In this installment, she also does a great job of voicing Flavia's naivety too. (less)
When I won this book through FirstReads, I thought it could be good or it could be cheesy. It's a bit of both. For a smart woman, Troy Chance makes so...moreWhen I won this book through FirstReads, I thought it could be good or it could be cheesy. It's a bit of both. For a smart woman, Troy Chance makes some really stupid choices. While it was really brave of her to jump off a ferry to save a child she sees fall into Lake Champlain from another ferry, it was really stupid of her to take the child home rather than calling 911. From there, the story gets more and more implausible. Yet...I couldn't put it down. I've been in kind of a reading slump lately, jumping from book to book and having a hard time finishing any. Learning to Swim only took a few days to read and gave me a respite I needed from the heavy science fiction and fantasy I've been reading lately.
I will give credit where credit is due. The story was quite suspenseful and had some twists that I never saw coming. I really appreciated that (view spoiler)[the author didn't take the easy route with the romantic aspect. Troy doesn't get a happily ever after ending with the boy's father. Rather, she learns something about herself and about what she really wants out of life. I would really like to see her end up with Detective Jameson instead of Phillipe, and that is an open possibility. (hide spoiler)] (Aren't these spoiler tags great?)
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I've been having trouble with my FirstReads wins lately. I've received some great looking books, but I just haven't been able to focus enough to finis...moreI've been having trouble with my FirstReads wins lately. I've received some great looking books, but I just haven't been able to focus enough to finish one. However, Don't Breathe a Word turned out to be just the ticket for my inattentiveness. There is no way I can describe this book without giving chunks of it away. It really defies genre classification. It's a bit gothic, a bit thriller, a bit fantasy, and a bit horror. One of the best things about it is the ambiguity, especially with the ending. While it may have had some gaping plot holes and some major flaws, it was a real page-turner that held my interesting. I may have to check out more books by this author.(less)
I recently listened to I'd Know You Anywhere and really liked Lippman's style. I was thrilled to have won this through FirstReads. I just finished rea...moreI recently listened to I'd Know You Anywhere and really liked Lippman's style. I was thrilled to have won this through FirstReads. I just finished reading it and realized that it's not even due to be released for another four days.
I tend to take a book with me to work to read at lunchtime. This is one that I had to leave at home because I knew that I wouldn't get any work done if I took it with me. The past and present story lines mesh together so well and nothing is as it seems.
I really like some of Lippman's narrative choices here. For some of the past scenes, she used the first person plural viewpoint. It's an interesting choice because the "we" is five kids, but you never know which one is narrating. It's as if they are narrating together as a third party. I don't even think I can explain it right, but it really works. I like how she tells the story from a variety of angles: the children as children, the children as adults, the parents when the children are young, and the parents when the children are middle-aged. It shows how every viewpoint is partly right and partly wrong.
I couldn't put this book down and I'm really looking forward to reading more of Lippman's work.(less)