I can't remember who recommended this book to me but for whatever reason I put it on my TBR shelf and finally decided to read it since I saw in the reI can't remember who recommended this book to me but for whatever reason I put it on my TBR shelf and finally decided to read it since I saw in the reviews it was hard to put down. Holy crap, they were right.
The beginning of this book is a bit slow but not impossible to get through but once the 'modern day' stuff starts you're on a train and you won't want to walk away. I'm pretty good at figuring out twists and turns but this one had me gobsmacked more often than not... at least until the very end. The last section of this book really had a lot of f bombs dropping and it almost seemed phoned in? It just didn't line up with everything else although I do kind of get where it was going I just wasn't very satisfied with where it went, especially the very end - hence the 4 stars.
That all being said, if you liked Gone Girl or Girl on the Train but didn't quite get as OMG about it as your friends seemed to, pick this one up. I think this is way better than both of those books at the genre. ...more
I absolutely adored her Into the Wilderness series so when I discovered that there was a new novel in the series (but further down the line) I was excI absolutely adored her Into the Wilderness series so when I discovered that there was a new novel in the series (but further down the line) I was excited to start reading it. For those that aren't wanting to tackle the prior series, it really isn't necessary to read The Gilded Hour as they recap the points you'd need to know (which is more family lineage and how the main characters fit in with those from the prior novels).
I really loved not only the story but the SETTING of the story - New York in the late 1880s. It was interesting to see the city in a different time and place than what we're used to.
The characters are what I love most about Donati's novels and they are quite well written here, even if they are almost too abundant. It took me a while to keep some straight.
The biggest downfall to me was the ending of the book. I had to do some searching online to find this is a new series (I mistakenly thought it was a stand alone). The book just ends and there's very little resolution to most of the plotlines driving this book. It's quite frustrating as I can't even figure out when the sequel/next in the series is expected. I'm fine with some things left undone at the end of a novel in a series but this one left all but maybe one or two small subplots undone. If you're one that hates cliffhanger novels, you may want to wait for the next one to pick this novel up.
I picked up this book because I love Deadliest Catch and the Northwestern is one of my favorites to follow on the show. I really enjoyed learning abouI picked up this book because I love Deadliest Catch and the Northwestern is one of my favorites to follow on the show. I really enjoyed learning about their father and their backstories before Deadliest Catch. You can tell the book is a bit outdated now but it's still a good read if you're a fan of the show.
The timeline does bounce around a bit and can be a bit maddening at times. I wish it'd been cleaned up a bit and presented in a chronological fashion around the story that's weaved through the book (the fire that took place on a ship Sig's father was on).
You do get to hear more about Matt, Norm and Edgar which was nice but outside of fishing you don't get much of a backstory on Sig beyond his wife.
It's a good read and I hope they maybe revise it now that some years have passed since it's release. ...more