By jove, I hate this book. I got halfway through, and just couldn't slog through the banal prose, the elementary scenes and the predictable charactersBy jove, I hate this book. I got halfway through, and just couldn't slog through the banal prose, the elementary scenes and the predictable characters. I love me a medical thriller (and this one, at least in the first half, is very much treated as medical), but this one is so formulaic, so shallow and so crudely written, I just can't keep going.
I hope, though, that del Toro will make a movie out of it. Because he's a damn good movie maker. So I bet he'd cut out 3/4 of the repetitive descriptions, add several layers of sophistication, and end up with a stunningly horrifying, suspenseful vampire thriller....more
I couldn't finish this slow, overly descriptive, not-at-all intriguing, boring novel. It was a book-club pick and only two people finished it, one kicI couldn't finish this slow, overly descriptive, not-at-all intriguing, boring novel. It was a book-club pick and only two people finished it, one kicking and screaming.
The book is about a man in his mid-20s who's in a car accident and spends two weeks in a coma. When he wakes up and begins his recovery, he accuses his sister – the two have always been very close – of being an impostor. It's a disorder called Capgras syndrome, and it's very rare.
The neuroscience and psychology in the book are fascinating. Imagine what it would be like to think the person or people you love the most have been replaced by replica robots, aliens or government agents. On the flip side, imagine if someone you love thought you were an impostor. That would right and royally suck.
And you know, the sister in the novel is pretty much a suck of a main character. Powers just dropped the ball on developing her beyond a whiny, scarred-from-childhood sot. He hints at why she's that way but he doesn't follows through (or maybe he does eventually, but I couldn't get there). So instead of finding her sympathetic, I eventually just wanted to punch her in the face.
Anyway. Lots of novels are about extraordinary people. This novel is about ordinary people in an extraordinary circumstance during which neither the characters nor the writing lives up.
I found the writing maddeningly self-indulgent. The prose simply isn't crafty, skilled or beautiful enough to warrant its quantity. The story concept is a good one, and the science is, as I said, fascinating. Unfortunately, the pacing just didn't do them justice.
Save 400 pages of your time for another book – it's almost certain to be more enjoyable....more