The summary of the book sounded good so I thought I would give this book a try. Honestly, I think the summary sounded more appealing than the story proved to be. There wasn't a whole lot of depth in the characters. I spent most of the time waiting for the climax and when that finally arrived...flat. That's the best word I can use to describe it. The mother/daughter bond didn't seem particularly strong. She tries to help one of her employees and although we know this person is important, I don't know if he was important to her, the historical property she takes care of or simply someone to save. Either way, I felt like I wasn't able to care about these people since the author doesn't give you enough to care about them.
And again, the climax was rather confusing. She has no phone, we assume she needs some help and when she was able to get to a phone, she starts talking about information! (I don't want to give away too much.) She doesn't say call 911, she doesn't say she is worried about her daughter and her ex-husband or boyfriend, I can't recall.
And unfortunately, the end of the book was frustrating! You think its going to go one way, you assume, hope it's going to go one way and yet again, this falls flat.
I'm aggravated with the author and the book. It was a true disappointment. I know everyone sees things differently and I'm sure there are others who will love the book. This is just my opinion which in the overall scheme of things, probably doesn't matter very much at all.
Complex plot and characters. Part mystery part social commentary on race relations in the American south. Tight story (until the very end when it stretches the imagination). Excellent narrator.
I had high hopes for this story, but it fell short in so many ways. The main character was just awful, I couldn't for the life of me understand why she did any of the stuff she did. I am returning this. I am so mad I wasted a credit and my time listening to this. The narrator was ok, her voice didn't bother me. The story just need a little more work or something. I see she wrote another book I might try that one.
Great murder mystery weaving a past into a present murder, setting to rights a terrible, historical wrong done to past slave family. A story that very well could have been many a family in post civil war times...
Absolutely fantastic. I loved the narrator. Very soothing . I love everything about southern historical settings. This is my first book by attica locke, but not my last. This is my first review out of hundreds .. I am a very picky reviewer .
Yes, captures the conflict of the past and present
The complexity of the story.
The passion and presence of the characters
Donovan's Grandmother - to hear her stories of her life and dreams.
I was excited about this one from the description but was, especially at the end to be anticlimactic, have a non-suspenseful ending (although the meat of the story suggested it would be otherwise) & have mixed plot points that seemed out of sync. The author writes beautifully but had a weak plot here, in my opinion.
The most frustrating part was the main character. Was she a wanna-be detective, historian, lawyer???
The narrator can become annoying and didn't offer much voice variation.
While I loved the book, I hated the ending. Why couldn't Caren and Eric be together? What happened to Donovan after all the madness? The ending was flat. What was Caren going to do when she got to Washington?