Kendra's Reviews > Bent Road
May 18, 2011
What can I say? I was looking forward to reading this due to all the positive reviews, but I just did not like this book much. I didn't like the writer's style, and I thought the storyline was pretty predictable and at some times downright unpleasant. This is a mystery written for adult audiences, and I guess it can be classified as slightly historical as well since it's set in the 1960s. The story revolves around a family that has moved to a small KS town from Detroit. The family's father, Arthur, grew up in the town and left years ago after his little sister died and hadn't been back since. Once the family gets back to town, a child disappears, and suspicion falls on several family members. I guess one thing I didn't like about this book is the negative light in which rural farm life is portrayed. I just felt like it was presented as a very bleak existence, which may be the reality. I don't know since I didn't live on a farm in the 1960s, but I found the book, overall, to be dark and depressing. I also felt like the storyline of the mystery was fairly predictable. I struggled to get through this and will admit to skipping passages, especially when the kids were killing animals for fun. Yuck.
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May 18, 2011 – Started Reading
May 18, 2011 – Shelved
June 8, 2011 – Finished Reading