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.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Interesting concept to weave the Gatsby story into this novel! I enjoyed that part. Also, it was very readable, although I would say it wasn't completely compelling until the last 1/3 or so. But that last 1/3 was a doozy! There is definitely a twist of the plot at the end that makes the reader completely re-think the whole book in an interesting way. I'm not sure the ending works, BUT I have some more thinking to do about it. I like that it makes you think about it afterward, if only to figure out the twist. But, then again, in some ways I think I would rather have been given more clues during the story rather than having to figure it all out AFTERWARDS when I'm all finished with it. I sort of resent having the rug pulled out from under me at the end when I'm all finished reading so there's nowhere to go with it at this point except looking backward and trying to put it all together. SO, it's a mixed review for a book worth "reading."
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.