©2003 Tananarive Due; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum....[Due is] a writer who grows better with each book." (Publishers Weekly)
I had not read this author before so was taking a chance based on the reviews. Overall it was a good ghost-type story. There was a little too much effort devoted to description in the beginning, enough so that I wasn't sure I was going to finish the book. But then it picked up momentum and kept my interest to the end. I was a little disappointed in the ending as I thought it would be more chilling. It was just a little too much of a happy ending. The story deserved a slightly better ending, something along the lines of a cautionary. Yet, i enjoyed the read and would recommend it to others.
Have not read the print version.
Eliminate the gratuitous, detailed sex scenes, Have the ending flow more comprehensibly from the story. I found it baffling. Try to cut extraneous details about characters.
The most moving theme to me in this book, was the connection between Native Americans and Africans, who were both victims of conquest and racism, and how they found a common bond in that.
Thsnkfully I tbink I only paid $4 for this. Could never get nterested in it enough to pay attention the the names of the characters, let alone the storyline.
Narration alone makes this a standout book. Character development was also great.
While it didn't keep me up at night in terror, I thought it was a good story. Well thought out and well rounded. I liked that she was as adept at writing male characters as female. Some authors are great at one and lacking in the other. Will definitely try more of her work.
I couldn't seem to ever take a break! It kept my curiosity!
The beginning of the book was ok, but towards the middle and the end, I couldn't figure out what would happen next! I really enjoyed this story!
I was looking for a spooky read done from a female perspective. I couldn't have been happier with the story or performance. I plowed through this quickly. I, ignorantly, had never heard of Tananarive Due but now that I have I can't wait to get into another one of her books. Love her. 4 stars only because my bar is high. No complaints.
I read all the great reviews and decided to purchase this book. However, it seemed to me that same story line over and lover. Had a few different twists to each story line.
The same story was told over in different versions. It was like the author started one version then decided to switch gears and go in a different direction. This happened several times through the entire book. The different versions were all strung together to make one book.
Sorry I just didn't get this one.
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