I didn't know that lace reading existed but this book prompted to me to explore more about it all.
The reader for this book did not endear me to the story. There was much of "he said" and "she said". I don't know if the book actually is read verbatim or if this was interjected but those kinds of verbal declarations take away from a book. I would presume that most people listening are not between the ages of 5-10years of age. That kind of dialect just becomes over bearing, hearing it so much. Again, not sure if this was written by the author or not but I find that it takes away from the quality of the book. For that reason, I give this a lower rating. Also, for this character to be in her early 30's, the reader sounds much older so it didn't "fit" from the start - another detriment to the book. So a different reader would may have been been better suited for this particular title.
Not at this time.
?? Not sure.
The ending will blow your mind. At least, I didn't expect it and enjoyed the whole book without more expectations than to have a good story. Turns out that it's more than that, unexpected and strong.
I like how this book is written and I get a good sense of place and time. The characters are memorable and believable. It's tough to put down.
I'm not sure how to review this book. It was a ride - sometimes confusing and bumpy. At other times it was mezmerising. I loved the characters. Each had unique but complex personalities.
The book begins with Towner Whitney stating that she is crazy and that she lies. She returns to Salem when she learns that her great aunt is missing. In no time, she is immersed in the confusing family dynamics that surrounded her as a child.
To me, the story is about perceptions, from the lace readings the Whitney women did to the observations of the local detective. Most of all, it centered around Towner's perceptions of her past and of the present. Interestingly enough, whenever the story was told from Towner's point of view, it was told in present tense. Whenever the story was from another character's point of view, it was in past tense. This created a sense of things being off kilter and increased the tension in the story.
The ending has a surprising, even shocking, twist. I have no doubt this story will haunt me for a long time to come.
I enjoy listening to the books I love. The narrators bring the stories to life and I am transported.
I enjoyed this story and the characters. It kept me intrigued enough to listen to the entire book in one sitting.
Decent caracters that could have been more fully developed and a really compelling story line made this an enjoyable book. However, the ending was so abrupt it left me wondering if the writer just lost the steam to come up with a better ending. The caracters had more courage than the writer.
Great performance by Barry--lilting voice but not sing-song. Didn't grate on my nerves. Story was terrific with a bit of a twist. Characters well drawn and sympathetic (even Cal!) I'll look for my by the author and the reader!
Barry has created an interesting scenario, interesting characters and a most interesting setting. But the book feels repetitive and too long. A good editor is a great blessing!