Decades later, Ellie receives a piece of evidence never found with her sister's body: Lila's notebook, filled with mathematical formulas. It will lead her to a hundred-year-old mathematical puzzle, to a lover no one knew Lila had, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family's anguish...and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other.
©2008 Michelle Richmond; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"As complex and beautiful as a mathematical proof, this gripping, thought-provoking novel will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned." (Family Circle)
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Predictable but still a good read. That is my summation of No One You Know. The plot was compelling, but I could tell everything that was going to happen. Otherwise, the writing was good. I recently read The Nightingale, and I was comparing and contrasting this book with that one. I thought The Nightingale had a predictable plot AND schlocky writing. This book at least had decent writing. Other things I liked about it: I have never read a book that had a character who was involved in the coffee business. Since I love coffee, I found the explanations about the coffee trade to be interesting. One of the other major characters was a serious mathematician. The author threw in a lot of info about mathematical theories and concepts that were sort of interesting as well.
I think the most predictable thing or the “predictability problem” with this book was with the characters. I guess they were too black and white. As the descriptions rolled out, one could tell that THIS person was going to be BAD or THAT person was going to be a good one.
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I especially disliked the characterization of Jim Thorpe. He was really a creepy guy, but the main character really liked him for some strange reason. The descriptions of him were predictably creepy as well. However, since the main character did like him, the author threw in a few supposedly likeable traits. These traits never made up for his creepiness. In the end he was kind of dropped, or I didn’t get what she was trying to say about him at the end of the book. He deserved more of a “comeuppance” if not a jail sentence, but instead… well, it seems he just drifts off into no man’s land.
The best thing about it was that I enjoyed reading it and wanted to finish it. That’s always a good thing :)
I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the Math, the Coffee Tasting, the Travel, and San Francisco. I think Ms. Richmond has a lovely way about her prose, but what I loved most was the rich tapestry of new information that I got just as wrapped up in as the story. I was fascinated by the explanation of a perfect number, and found myself wondering what my own favorite number might be – and I’ve always been a bit of a math phobic. I was equally fascinated by the information about coffee tasting and the attributes that might equip someone to be a good taster. I found the “business” of this story very enriching to the experience of this book. The larger themes of the book – the sudden unexplained death of a loved one and how that death can disrupt, or even derail the lives of those left behind was handled well – as was another major theme about how people can co-opt great tragedy for their own career advancement without any real regard for truth or responsibility for the way their opportunistic use of other people’s tragedies can become as much as an assault as the original injury.
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