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This book left me very underwhelmed. Normally, I would have read a book this size in 2, maybe 3 days. This book took me about 2 weeks to get through. I just couldn't get into it. The writing is decent, the potential of the story was decent, the characters were decent, but it just never came together for me. Most of the time, it didn't feel like I was reading a mystery, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but in this case it was. It didn't seem like the investigation was focused on in too much detail. It also seemed very slow to me. I would want to get home to read, because surely something is about to happen, but then it didn't. Then when the book finally picked up (with barely 50 pages to go), it was just all of a sudden over. I hated the reason that Edith was missing. I mean, I suppose I can understand it, to a point, but I still didn't like it. Seemed far too selfish to me. It also seemed very impractical that her mother was able to just fly to France and instantly find her like that. It was insanely anticlimactic for me. It took a serious effort to even finish the last several pages after finding out what had happened. I wouldn't recommend this book. Mystery lovers, like myself, are looking for a thrill, something stimulating that makes you think outside the box in a way that isn't present in our every day lives. This book just didn't deliver that.
It took me over a month to get through the first part of this book. It was dull and I didn't care about a single character, in fact, because I kept having to go back to it I couldn't even remember the names of the characters. I pressed on because I don't like leaving a story unfinished. That being said, I finished the 2nd half in 2 days. The 2nd part of this story was excellent, this is where the suspense kicked in. I don't know how I feel about the ambiguous ending right now. I need to process the ending. If you can suffer through the first part of this book I would recommend it.
I found two things to be unnecessary, and I actually would have preferred that they were not included... 1) Jacob was Ian's son and 2) Ian's body was never found and he may still be alive
Anyone else find these to be unnecessary and/or a bit annoying?
I pride myself on being a person that is never surprised by books. Generally, I always pick up on the "twists" ahead of time. It's both a blessing and a curse. ????
Not so with this one! Zero spoilers from me, but let's just say I was surprised by the turn of events at least a handful of times.
Did anyone else feel as if the book started really slow? It took me awhile to really get into it, but I kept going based on the rave reviews of this book, and I am so glad that I did!!!
What do you do to help yourself push through a slow starting book? Do you find that it usually pays off? Any examples?
I am only about 250 pages into the book, right at the part where Ian finds Jenna. Ian's character infuriates me. Just the way he seems to stalk Jenna from afar and how abusive he is makes me want to throw the book across the room. Why do you think Jenna stayed with him for so long? Do you think she was as oblivious to his ways in the beginning of the relationship as the book makes it seem? Again, I haven't finished the book yet so these questions may become more clear, but I am so upset by his character that I had to start a discussion about him!
Do you think Jenna should have gone to the police? What do you think of her reasons for staying quiet?
What did you think of the huge twist at the end? I usually roll my eyes at such coincidences, unless the book is great and has me hooked. In this case, I was so enthralled by the story that I was able to suspend disbelief and really go with the ending.
One of the things I liked best about the book was the meticulous description of the criminal investigation. Have you read any other books that realistically depict police work? Were they written by real-life detectives/police officers?
Don't worryâ€”no spoilers here! Just started reading the book and so far, so good (I'm four chapters in). This is actually my first book from Book of the Month. I'm pretty excited :) Anyway, happy reading to all.