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A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert
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Jul 30, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 26 to 30, 2012

This is great storytelling. It is almost a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of tale. It is very well written, with wonderful description and characters who develop over the course of the novel. Told from alternating points of view, the plot unwinds gradually, creating a tension and compelling the reader to go on. While I sympathize with Anna, a mother who abducts her own child and flees to Italy, I don't particularly like her. Then again, her standoffishness is most certainly the result of her being treated poorly by male figures all her life. In protecting her son, she often came off as a bit cold to me. There is nothing redeeming about her ex-husband, and while the hometown sheriff is the most likeable character, I saw him mainly as the objective POV in the whole story, not as an important player--kind of a loose end, actually. One thing that bothered me is the Italian dialogue--have to say it. I don't speak Italian, and while I could guess at some of it, I was annoyed at not knowing what was being said. Minor really, but still.....
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