I could hardly contain myself I was so excited for this book to come out...but in the end, I just didn't get it.
I was hooked at the start but something happened--all the stories stalled and never went anywhere. It's not just that there were a lot of characters and that the plot is all back story--it's that so much was so irrelevant to the main characters. It's almost as if the author gathered several short stories together and fabricated a way to combine them into a novel.
It didn't work for me.
I do not understand the rave reviews. I stayed with Outlander until the end--as I have experienced many books whose endings have redeemed my otherwise disappointed investment. But, Outlander never delivered. Outlander is nothing more than setup. There is no plot beyond a series of close calls and narrow escapes with sex scenes between.
I know it's a series and that's the problem with series--authors often don't feel like they owe their readers a good story within the covers of the page they are currently holding. I am unwilling to trust the author with another 38 hours for the Book2. Each book in the series gets increasingly longer-- 26, 38, 43, 44, 55 and 57. Maybe the other books are better, but I certainly cannot trust the reviews I've read, so I'm out after one.
I love both Kate Morton and Caroline Lee, but this book has a lot of holes.
Caroline Lee is amazing!
The Epilogue is ridiculous. It looks as if the book was edited in the wrong places. These elements of the story were not satisfactorily resolved: the brooch, the maze, the brother's obsession and "the bad man." If I was the editor, all of these would have to be changed or eliminated.
All the main characters had the same personality--arrogant and sarcastic with something to prove.
The plot was implausible and ridiculous--which means the ending was unsatisfying.
I will avoid all Scott Brick books. He amplified the sarcasm, perhaps adding some where it was not intended. His cadence dripped with disdain.
Well...it finally ended.
The audible version was poorly produced. The scene often shifted without the narrator taking a breath. If I lost focus for a split second (pun intended), I had to shake my head and scramble for the rewind button. Very annoying.
Not unless I get desperate.
Give us at least one likeable character and an ending. Please.
Julia doing male voices was really annoying. Kirby was okay.
The twists and turns are overrated. There's one good twist and a bunch of droning posturing.
Jim Dale is incredible...as always! Nothing to complain about regarding the narration. It was spot on!
The story, however, got bogged down in nothingness. I got so bored toward the end I didn't care how it ended. The premise dazzles but fades in the execution. The purpose and conclusion of the "competition" did not satisfy--and that one little fact sullied the whole endeavor.
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