The travel details - the foods, histories and creation of the landscapes. And the Characters: Amy - Broken, Roger - Feeling, and the supporting cast of Bronwyn, Walcott and Lucien that all gave extra heart to this story.
Bronwyn, Walcott and Lucien - love them all and they are all important to this story.
The story is is the perfect rite of passage book.
The scene when Amy goes back to the golf course and annouces that her father is dead.
I like the book because I can really see the personality of each character and the was the story unfolds. I didn't want it to end, and wanted to see when else this story would take me, but it had to and it ended well.
They're are spoilers:
The story was visioned very well. It was entertaining in the beginning; the explanation of her life, of her rebellious day and the crime that she witnessed. The story of Abigail life in the small town was explained well. Brooks was a little stalker like, but he was a good hero.
A few doors were opened that didn't need to be and could have been replaced or omitted; him bagging the Coke can after Abigail drank from it and the girlfriend that he use to have sex with. All of Brooks side stories were relevant.
Now, for her: I liked Abigail, especially in the beginning as Liz. She was very naive and likeable. But then her character did not wane. In the beginning of the story, she was not a part of the world or the social structure of the world, yet she was more believable as a teen holding back her feelings. I would have liked her to have grown up to be a little "jaded". As Abigail, she was still that teenage girl we originally met. But she was a bad-ass with a gun. I wish she had better closure with her mother.
I like the hippiness of the town and the description (not over described). His Mom was great with the painting and the dogs stories, but his mom's accent was not a real Maryland sounding accent, more New England. But the rest of the voices were great.
I did expect that that "in hiding" aspect of the story to be more defined (which comes later in the book). It took so long for Brooks to find out what was going on with Abigail and for them to come up with a plan. If they were given more time, I believe that they could have up with an even better plan of attack. I liked the side stories and how they "kinda" come together (a little work on that). The whole Blake story line was a good distraction for Abigail, but she was easily distracted by EVERYTHING.
The ending was not bad and you were really rooting for the heroes. Most of the ending of the story was fantastic, and I don't believe that a book have to be 100% believable, but I wanted more on Ilya. What he was doing to to find her, his warped feelings for her and how he felt when she took him down.
Great introduction book to Nora Roberts.
Maybe the Bones TV Show.
Abigail and Brooks - but I also love Bert.
When she hugs John while Terry is crying, when he tells her to run and when she tells Brook the story.
I wish they didn't bring up her donor father (it wasn't necessary). A little more background on the Ilay, that could have been used filler for the story. With all the issues with this story, it was entertaining and a good read. More of a romance novel that a mystery. Enjoy.
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