I was interested to read a story set in Holmes County, Ohio, a beautiful part of the country. Unfortunately, it is poorly written.
The narration seems rapid and flat. The occasional dramatic moments are overplayed.
I won't choose more in this series. The plot is thin. The treatment of the Amish is respectful, but seems superficial, repetitious, and preachy. The author's favorite narrative device -- one or another character suddenly feels that he or she is missing something -- is overused.
This book is well written, flowing, intriguing. The blending of recollection into the narrative is stunning. It captures so well the way recollection feels -- its unevenness, its gaps, its uncertainties, and yet, its extraordinary power over the present.
I think the characters are well delineated. They develop as the plot advances, and their involvement in both mystery and romance is well-handled, and often thought-provoking.
Shelton, no. Bates, yes. This book attempts to cross genres, and, in my opinion, fails. I might recommend it to a friend who enjoys, say, Harlequin romances. (Even there, I'm not sure -- the elements of romance and the paranormal were implausible, and superficially rendered.) I'd never recommend it to friends who enjoy mysteries or mainstream novels.
Fun, educational, seductive.
The plot is complex, but not difficult to follow. The main characters are developed reasonably well, with the exception of the bad guys.
OK, be honest -- who doesn't love an English accent?
This books paints a strong divide between the bad guys and the good guys. One needs to read it with a little suspension of disbelief. Beware the cliff-hanger endings...but I ended up buying the entire series available at this time, and didn't regret it.
The dark, melodramatic, introspective tone of this book may appeal to some readers. It wasn't for me.
Maybe in ten years.
This was my first. It was well narrated -- good range of voices and tone. More Southern than Nawlins, but I'd definitely listen to the same reader read another book.
Well written at the sentence level. Colorful imagery.
Didn't like the book. Our heroine seems more adolescent than the adult she is supposed to be. It's all about her. (Sadly, she is not that interesting.) Descriptions of New Orleans -- sleeping on a streetcar, wandering a dangerous cemetery after dark -- lack an authentic sense of place. Academics wowed by her alleged (but to this reader, not at all obvious) brilliance are far from convincing.
This is a book I thought I knew, having been as a child exposed to the story more than once. Rereading it as an adult, expecting only to indulge my nostalgia, I was surprised by the richness of the description, the complexity of the characters, and interest of a good story well told. The book is well narrated -- good pace, good voice characterization for each of the characters. Unfortunately, the quality of the recording is very poor. For this reason alone I would never recommend it. I hope Audible reexamines and finds a way to salvage this otherwise excellent recording of a fine classic.
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