It's hard to believe this is the debut novel of a 24-year-old! The ultimate novel for me is one I forget about the time on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym - and three days worth of workouts could have easily been one, had I been willing to spend an entire day at the gym. I'm so hoping that the Ghostman becomes a recurring character in an entire series of novels. And the narration by Jake Webber is spot on. Well done, Roger Hobbs.
So long as you consider this book for what it really is - a fun romp - this is a great book! It's not "literature," but I read this after finishing a much more serious book with my book club, and it was just what I needed. Something that takes no real brain muscle, but entertaining enough to keep you interested. I can hardly wait to read what Donna and Jack are up to next!
I should know better than to begin a series that hasn't had all the books completed! Book 1 caused me to immediately search out Book 2 and now I need the next one!
It may be that I read many, many, many mysteries, so I really could predict the direction of this story. That being said, the author crafted a well written, character driven story. I'm happy this is "Book 1" of a Riley MacPherson series - because I really like Riley. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Do you know a lawyer? Because this book is less about the divorce of a married couple than the internal goings-on at a law firm. I know several lawyers, and have always known they have a certain 'sinister' side to their personalities and if this portrayal of a law firm is even half true, I'm really glad I decided to forego the law! Think of it as a lawyer's "Peyton Place."
The varied narrators make it very easy to know which character's perspective you're hearing - truly a help since it's written as though you are reading legal documents, memoranda and notes, rather than in a typical dialogue format.
I found it fun!
I had no idea I would learn more about American history through one single summer's perspective than I did in two high school and six college courses! Bill Bryson is the genius who was able to give me that opportunity. And, you'll miss out if you don't listen to him narrate his own words... I can only hope he never stops writing and reading!
I enjoy plot driven novels; I enjoy character driven novels...This one was neither. The best thing I can say is to mention why I never thought reading someone else's journal or diary would hold an interest for me: like most people, these characters are insanely ordinary and boring! I bought it for the premise, but unlike some other reviewers ("Our 1984," really?) it was at best, mocking. And as for characters I've found the teenagers in my neighborhood more interesting.
With the advent of the television program "The Americans" and the fact that I've been to many of the locales in the novel, this book was quite enjoyable. As a story, perhaps not quite as tight as it might have been, but it was a terrific read.
My only criticism is that I had inklings of the outcome early on - but maybe that's because I'm really familiar with the genre. I very much enjoyed the narrator and the fact that it was "read," not "dramatized."
I can finally recommend a "dog story" to my friends: not a sad ending!
I like that Scott was not a whiner and loved the few chapters from Maggie's point of view. It gave me an entirely new impression of my own dog - I always knew she was smarter than anyone ever gave her credit.
This is a terrific novel for summertime enjoyment!
The two plot lines running simultaneously mesh together in the end just right. The narrator captures Poppy perfectly and made me wish that another would be written to follow her further exploits. I think I have known her in another life - I actually found myself yelling at her, "Dump the bum!"
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