I think I'd have given this 3 stars if I hadn't found it so compulsively readable. OK, call me cynical, but it just struck me as sooo convenient thatI think I'd have given this 3 stars if I hadn't found it so compulsively readable. OK, call me cynical, but it just struck me as sooo convenient that ANOTHER serial killer is now fixated on Charlie. Even while reading the story, I'm thinking "REALLY? Can't the poor girl catch a break? She's busy trying to decide between the sexy ghost of a convicted murderer and the sexy FBI agent, for crying out loud!"
And, yeah, put that way, her choice should be easy, and she knows it. But Michael Garland has some surprising advantages over Agent Bartoli.
In spite of that quibble, I couldn't put this book down. While trying to figure out why the Gingerbread Man has fixated on Charlie, who this Gingerbread Man is, and how Charlie's going to manage to catch him, you also don't want to miss the clues that are being dropped about Michael's past......more
I only picked this up because I loved "Overseas", otherwise I probably would have read the blurb and gone "I don't think so..." But Williams vindicateI only picked this up because I loved "Overseas", otherwise I probably would have read the blurb and gone "I don't think so..." But Williams vindicated herself. I did like it, after all.
This is already better because it drops the convenient, inexplicable time travel that I found problematic in "Overseas". This story skips back and forth between 1931 and 1938, outlining Lily Dane's romance with Nick Greenwald in the fall of 1931 as a backdrop for Lily and Nick's reunion in the summer of 1938, after he has just married Lily's (former) best friend, Budgie. The two stories interweave, as the reader struggles to understand both why Lily and Nick broke up in the past, and why Nick just married Budgie in the present. And why is Budgie so determined to rekindle her friendship with Lily, and so determined to pair Lily with her own ex, Graham Pendleton?
I still had a few questions afterward. Why was Lily such an idiot in 1932? Yeah, yeah, she was young, she loved her parents, blah blah blah. Still no excuse; I think she deserved to lose Nick. And Nick deserved to lose her, if he had a pretty good idea what was happening and didn't come home to confront Lily. And did Lily truly not realize what people were thinking about her relationship to Kiki in 1938 until Graham confronts her with it? (Heck, the readers are wondering about that practically from the beginning of the story!)
Elysia is a Beta - the first of a new teen-aged clone-line, untested and untried. Most human clones have been created from proven techniques to do theElysia is a Beta - the first of a new teen-aged clone-line, untested and untried. Most human clones have been created from proven techniques to do the grunt work that most humans don't want to do, with feelings deliberately de-activated, and chips installed to provide the specialized information for their specified jobs. Elysia is purchased by the wife of the Governor of Demesne, to be a Companion, a "perfect" daughter to replace the less-than-perfect daughter who has just left for college. But as Elysia tries to do her job, integrating into her new "family", there are currents and cross-currents of political, social, and personal intrigues swirling around her, threatening to knock all of her assumptions about her life out from under her.
This book seemed almost too busy for me. Too many loose strings. What's with Tahir? Alex? Astrid? What's with Demesne that makes it so "wonderful"? Is a civil war about to erupt or not? How are we supposed to feel about Zhara? And, for heavens sake, WHY does it have to end of such a nasty cliffhanger???...more