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Who by Fire by Diana Spechler
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May 14, 12

Read in April, 2012

This is a book that wants deperately to be better than it is. I picked it up because one of the characters shares a name with my daughter, Alena. The trouble is, that even though the story of a family in various degrees of brokeness over the loss of little Alena to a kidnapper SHOULD incite my compassion, they don't. Spechler tells the story in alternating chapters through the eyes of the surviving family members she doesn;t quite manage to make them likable. I will read more by Spechler though, because in spite of my lukewarm reaction to Who By Fire I have the sense that she is at hear an interesting writer and will bring more to the table in the future.

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