I listened to most of the book and then finally got hold of the hardcopy to speed it up. The plot reminds me of another psychological story I saw years ago. I felt played for a fool more with this story than I did that show. The protagonist splinters apart during the story and that is rather difficult to recognize. Somehow I don't remember this book as anything special. I f you really like the psychological details of some character than you might well like this alot. But me, I'd give it a pass.
I had no trouble with the narrator, and thought the story was just fine. I was curious about how things would play out, as the author had painted himself into a number of corners, and, no doubt, would come up with some clever explanation for things that appeared to have happened.
Those that gave up on the book partway cheated themselves. They thought they were reading a bad book. Had they continued on to the end, though, they could have truly appreciated just what a horrible book this was.
When a reader expends a certain amount of time reading (or listening to) a story, the author should at least show a little respect for the reader. This author failed at that.
I have just listened to another incredible novel by Chris Bohjalian and cannot wait to start listening to my next one! I rue the day when I have listened to them all. He is such an interesting writer. I always feel as though I am transported to the world in which his characters live and miss them for a few days once their story is over. I am kind of a picky reader and it's rare that I find an author that writes in such a way that gets me hooked. Thank you Chris Bohjalian once again for an amazing read/listen!
Fans of "The Girl on the Train" will likely be intrigued by this story, but in this reader's opinion, it doesn't have the same payoff. It's suspenseful to an extent, but it's a very slow burn. The narration is good, albeit sometimes a bit devoid of emotion.
The writing was good. The story interesting. However, it read like an unfinished draft. It needed a it more connecting of the dots. Maybe 1 more chapter. I finished the book feeling unsatisfied. Too any questions, but not in a "food for thought manner", just unfinished..
First time I read a book by this author. I figured out part of the ending twist in this book around the middle of listening. I like long books with intricate plots & lots of characters. It was very interesting, kept my attention, did not have to concentrate too hard but I got bored towards the end & had trouble finishing it.
I lost interest halfway through. The story doesn't build enough momentum to carry through to the end. It meanders and does nothing to heighten the mystery. Also, I wanted to slap the main character by the midpoint of the story.
I have read two of his other books which were quite dissimilar and very good - Skeletons at the Feast and Midwives. This book was many steps down in every way - plot lines that went nowhere, flimsy charactors. I am not even done quite yet, and I will finish, but I can't even believe it was written by the same guy. His publishers must have been hounding him to finish something. The homeless angle was lame.