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.
If I could rate this with more stars, I would. The book is extremely well written, and the ending was surprising and very good! This book makes a lot of references to "The Great Gatsby", and it is very interesting to see the possible "sequel" in theory anyway. I just finished this and will probably listen to it all over again!
I found myself increasingly interested in the characters in this novel, which entertwines a modern story with The Great Gatsby in a very clever and ultimately surprising way. Not a page-turner, but well-constructed, with an ending that doesn't readily reveal itself beforehand.
It was OK entertainment. But one of quoted the reviewers promised "a twist at the end that will leave you speechless." There was no twist at the end. In the first half of the book, there is some intrigue about where the plot is headed, but in the second half, the author makes it absolutely clear where it is going, and then delivers as promised. The reader is not one of the really great narrators, but I found her acceptable.
Where is the rating for negative stars???This has got to be the most poorly written and poorly read book - In fact I can't decide which is worse - although I suppose I should blame the author - had he not conceived such ridiculous descriptions, dialogue, and drama - the reader would never have had to put her stiff voice to the microphone!