I was so prepared to hate this book, questioning what had intrigued me into buying it. I'm not (yet) a quilter and I still don't know what made me put it into my shopping cart. Even when I started it, right after finishing a wonderful book, I was expecting to be disappiointed. As the charactrs were laid out before me, the negative anticipation gave way to empathy and delight. I really cared about the five "applicants" and now, a day or two later, I'm thinking should get a book later in the series just to see how they have fared.
The downside of this novel is that now I am not certain the I will ever take up quilting, which I've always planned to do "eventually." The book makes it sound very complicated and time consuming and a pasttime requiring more attention and time than I have available. For those who are already quilters, it is probably lots of fun to read about familiar designs and techniques, and even perhaps get hints of new ones.
I have read that this particular novel is different from others in the series. I will certainly read another of the novels. This, as a stand-alone, is quite good.
This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.
I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.
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