Set in Wisconsin, at the end of WWI, this novel explores a family?s loyalty, love and secrets.
If Ruth is still alive, why does she remember drowning? Through flashbacks, Christina Schwarz feeds us pieces of the truth, making you want to keep listening. The plot, though not totally original, is creative and a bit offbeat.
Note: This book is not a psychological thriller. It is about how life was long ago, about secrets people keep and why.
Also, other listeners have commented on Christina Schwarz?s writing style. The speakers and time periods change without notice. You will get used to the way this novel flows, so don?t let this be a reason to let this one pass you by.
I liked this book a lot. The story line really kept you guessing until the end. A little confusing at times because there was a lot of back and forth in time and between characters, but overall I found it very enjoyable to listen to. I felt an attachment to the characters and was sad that I had reached the end of the book.
I was disappointed with this book, especially after the rave reviews I read here.
First, it is difficult to follow because the story changes viewpoint character (sometimes from scene to scene) and also changes point of view. It is mostly told in third-person but jumps to first-person for little asides by the two main characters. These feel almost amateurish, as if the author didn't know how to work them into the story. Another problem is that the author choose two nicknames for two different characters that sound and read similarly, Matty and Mandy.
Second, the story itself lacks focus. There are large sections of story that don't have much to do with anything. One character is off thinking something or doing something but it doesn't have any effect on anyone else nor does it impact the plot.
Third, though the "suspense" of the story isn't revealed until the ending it did not seem strong enough to this reader to carry the whole book.
Also, this reader had problems with some of the actions of the main characters. They didn't seem to make sense and were never adequately explained.
Overall this book was probably worth listening to but was not as good as the reviews here would lead one to expect.
Really did not like the story and the narration became very annoying. In fact, audible.com was playing this selection as its background while waiting for customer service and I could hardly stand it. I thought the plot was slow and the character interactions were not realistic. Quite disappointed.
The writing and character development in this book are good. The reader gets a strong sense of the characters although there are some glaring inconsistencies. The plot is not entirely depressing but the author puts the characters on a juggernaut heading straight for heartbreak. Not a lot of fun. I found the plot points to be entirely predictable and not particularly intriguing. Nice for a first try but the author needs some polish.
This has to be one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Wasted time and wasted lives....just sad and depressing.