Enjoyed this little ditty. Good art. Characters just like in the show! Can't wait to read more! Extra words so I can submitEnjoyed this little ditty.
Enjoyed this little ditty. Good art. Characters just like in the show! Can't wait to read more! Extra words so I can submit this and go to sleep! Hey! Yo! Nanny nanny ho! Bippoty bopbity boo! Random! Excitement! I'm pretty sure I got 20 words now!...more
**spoiler alert** Alrighty then. I enjoy Linda Barnes as an author quite a bit. However, I found this book somewhat disappointing. At first, it was li**spoiler alert** Alrighty then. I enjoy Linda Barnes as an author quite a bit. However, I found this book somewhat disappointing. At first, it was like crack. I had a hard time putting it down and had no problem picking it back up.
Later it was more like healthy leftovers. Sometimes to eat (read) cause I needed it but not really that compelling.
Then at the end I felt cheated. The book description, the first person narrative, the depiction of our heroine rang untrue for the ending. My mind raced back to see if the author had LIED to me but she didn't, she just lead me on. Still it felt like a cheap trick rather than an enjoyable plot twist.
I had wondered about Em's complicity but her panic attacks and agoraphobia were so pronounced at the beginning, that even though Ted has been quite a jerk to her (a worse word comes to mind), I rejected her as a murderer. Also I don't think this type of twist works as well with first person narrative. For me, it's like she's been talking to me all along, although I was actually reading over her shoulder as she wrote to Teddy... but what it felt like more like she was talking to ME conversationally and then throwing in asides to Teddy .... or just a first person narrative with asides to Teddy....
I mostly bought the transformation as she blossomed but it did seem a little too fast....but not enough that it distracted me. More I was distracted as the mystery stalled. I felt like, oh how can she solve this in enough time?
Basically for me I see how this story worked for some people but for me, it was .... just a big trick and that ruined my enjoyment...
I did like the tie in's to Shakespeare, like this was what would've happened if Ophelia went mad and murdered Hamlet .... and then the King and his retainers. Kudos for that. And the ghost imagery. And the painting of Cape Cod. If the plotting had remained as tight for the end as the beginning it would've kept me keepin' on but because it was a TRICK it couldn't retain its driving force and that's why it ultimately lost me... because the author had to spend so much time distracting me from her final plot twist that she couldn't sustain the rhythm of the unsolved mystery.
She couldn't let on.... that Em was trying to solve the mystery of what Teddy had uncovered while we were trying to solve Teddy's murder. And because of that... we lost momentum.
This might've worked better as a third person omniscient or told from the detectives point of view.... in that case, Em could've even been made sympathetic but in this case, I felt as ugly and betrayed as ever a friend was...
However, I still, having said all that, rate it as good because of the aforementioned kudos and because I admire the balls to try to carry it off.......more