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The Devil's Footprints by Scott Allie
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Jan 15, 10

bookshelves: bridgetown-graphic-novel-book-club
Read in January, 2010

I have a mixed opinion of this book. On the one hand, a few parts of the story were done well. The family dynamic and drama were depicted, when they were depicted, with skill, and the characterization of the older brother develops with good timing and care. In fact, though the older brother isn't the POV character, he certainly is the most interesting. He goes through a massive change through the book, and has far more at stake then the rest of the family.
But, the story lacks focus, and tries to do too much in too little a space. The complications and authority of the rich family on the hill bring nothing to the story, and in fact none of those characters effect any of the outcomes, so I wonder why so much time (including the opening of the book!) is spent on extraneous details. The dynamics of the town are also dwelt upon, when the main story would be served with a focus on the family.
It's a story that needed more space to be done the way it was plotted, or a thick red pen to be effective in the space it had.

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