I heard this author was popular in Europe and under-appreciated in the U.S. This novel didn't help me to turn that tide. A great beginning and premise tapered to a somewhat unlikable main character and a silly Hollywood ending.
I like historical mysteries. This one fell flat for me in all respects: plot, characters, and setting. Given the premise, I expected much more.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, but found the main character a little aggravating and some parts predictable.
There is some sleight of hand as well: the characters are being watched for entertainment by others in their society, including their romance, which perhaps points a subtle, suggestive finger at the inquisitiveness or voyeurism of the reader. Aren't we interested in their "lives" as entertainment, too, even if we know that they are fictional? "Reality" TV is a closer example, but the book still made me wonder if the author were laughing up her sleeve.
I would read the next story to find out what happens, but with some reluctance. If you can overlook these flaws, you will enjoy a fast-paced plot.
The passages on philosophy can get a bit wheezy, but I loved the characters and their relationships, and enjoyed the narrator. Not much plot, but a lot of heart and soul.
I liked the character, setting, and premise, but towards the end, it felt as if the author got fed up and tied up all the loose ends and punished the wicked, toot sweet. Perhaps another book of Lippman's would be a better option.
I have enjoyed all of Tana French's books. Interesting characters, fast paced, great use of language at time.s
Overall, I liked it, but I would not choose this book as an introduction to the author.
I thought the whole premise was silly, the characters mostly dull, and the writing tepid.
I liked the juxtaposition of the story lines in the present and past. Good tension. Some of the characters were a touch flat, others quite memorable. Entertaining.
While I've heard books with stronger characterization, this one had fun cliff-hangers and a good pace. Not great literature, but a fun listen.
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