Perhaps I somehow overlooked it, but this novel seems to be missing a point.
Devotion appears to be a story about absolutely nothing. Maybe it's a character study of female relationships, but honestly, even that seems to be a stretch. It's a book full of plot holes, story lines which go absolutely nowhere, a total lack of character depth, and an annoyingly anti-climatic conclusion.
It's presumptuous, clichéd, unfinished, and ultimately boring. While the sentence structure and word choices were beautifully rendered, the cohesiveness was less than desirable. Trying to read the passages felt clunky and uninspired.
Because we learn next to nothing about Ella, it's nearly impossible to understand anything she's thinking or feeling. Is she a lunatic? I read the entire novel and I still have no idea. And what was up with Lonnie? Again, your guess is as good as mine. Devotion just meanders along, going nowhere fast.
Would I recommend this? Not a chance. I'm honestly a little peeved I wasted part of my life on this one.
1.5 stars rounded up
**Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.