I was intrigued by the story line and the online summary convinced me to download and listen to it. Overall, I was disappointed. Not to be sexist, but it was obvious that the book was written by a woman. To clarify, the author spends too much time developing the sexual tension between the two main characters (Grace and Kilmer) and Grace’s ‘motherly instinct’ is prevalent throughout. This is not necessarily a bad thing – if you want to read a book that is more about the characters and how they “feel” more than an action book. I wanted the latter so I was left flat and wanting more action. The story was too much about Kilmer and Grace than developing an action-packed story.
The other thing that was somewhat unrealistic was the dialogue with Grace’s daughter (Frankie). I have three children (who are well above average intellect) and I do not find myself conversing with them in the almost silly, frank manner of the book. Nor do they discuss things in the manner in which Frankie does in the story. The whole interaction between Grace and Frankie got too monotonous and superficial (for me).
The last point I will make is that you are almost two-thirds through the book before you discover the significance of “the pair” (you will have to find this out for yourself – I won’t spoil it for you). So, you think finally the story will pick up, and it does, but still not enough. The ending seems a bit anti-climatic and is wrapped up too abruptly. I kept waiting for a surprise thinking that surely it’s not over just like that. But it was – except for the story of how are things resolved for Kilmer, Grace and Frankie. That part of the story continued to drag on for almost another half hour.
Not a bad story overall, but it was just not what I was looking for.
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