Meh. Started out sort of interesting, but I think the author was having so much fun creating fictional counterparts to the actual NYT times employees,Meh. Started out sort of interesting, but I think the author was having so much fun creating fictional counterparts to the actual NYT times employees, making up clever names for them, and satirizing the decline of print journalism, he forgot how to write a coherent mystery. Too many supporting characters, few of them well-developed, and some of them reappeared so late in the story that I had no idea who they were. I felt as if I should have taken notes.
And the thing that bothered me the most is how sexist the characters were -- all the female reporters are sluts or bitches, or both, the murder victim's assistant is a dried up old spinster, the protagonist's estranged girlfriend is a shrew. . . the only remotely likeable female character was the detective assigned to the case, because she's the love interest for our intrepid reporter, who actually solves the case. Because, obviously, women aren't smart enough to do that. Annoying. I give it 1 1/2 stars. ...more
First of all, my mind is pretty much reeling from all the twists and turns in this book. Secondly, hats off to the authorHoly crap. That's messed up.
First of all, my mind is pretty much reeling from all the twists and turns in this book. Secondly, hats off to the author for the amazing plotting in this book. I understand why this book is all over the bestseller lists and has hundreds of holds at the library -- it's definitely buzz-worthy. If it's not already in the works, I predict a movie or mini-series adaptation in a couple of years, maybe sooner.
I'm not sure I LIKED it, but I have to give it at least four stars for the plot alone. The characters are extremely well developed, and I think the ending was true to them. I was surprised by the ending, but not shocked.
However, I have to take at least one star away since the characters and the story is pretty twisted and icky. It's giving me the creeps and I really just want to take a shower and wash all these people down the drain. But I'm REALLY looking forward to discussing it with some friends at work. ...more