In the beginning the imagery is quite beautiful but then it goes on and on and is laboured. The characters are thoroughly unlikeable and somewhat unbelievable. The plot never really develops and the book just ends abruptly and unexpectedly! So much so when reading on a kindle I kept thinking I had missed pages and had to keep checking. A waste of time.
Without giving anything away, this book is a great read....It's a psycho-thriller full of heavy heat and vulnerability when you fall in love with someone that isn't right....The character of the book leaves a stale relationship in search of fun and excitement...well this is a book that is intense and leaves you on the edge of your seat as you read and know the dangers that lay ahead of her.
Not an exciting read at all! Author WAY to descriptive about things like flowers and nail polish but slow to talk about what was going on and where it was headed. Surprised it made Oprah's list of "must read" books.
I really wish I hadn't read this book. It did absolutely nothing for me. In attempting to create mystery Bohman only created confusion. Perhaps it was just my version, but there was never any break for a new chapter or even those page break things that indicate that you're moving to a new time or scene. I always felt confused because one minute something big was about to happen and then the next, they were having dinner.
The ending also resolves absolutely nothing. We know nothing about the characters other than Marina-our narrator-being the worst sister ever and that Gabriel-the husband- is an ass! Marina is unsympathetic as she talks about growing distant from her boyfriend and growing toward her sister's husband. Stella, the wronged sister seems distant and untouchable. Even when we read a little in her diary, we don't really get to know her.
The idea behind the plot was strong, sort of. Bohman definitely could have beefed up this book more rather than leave it like the bare bones story it is. I'm not even left wanting more about I just wanted this to be over. The bright side is that because it is super short, its quick to read which is the only redeeming quality of this book.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this book was the foreshadowing about *Spoiler Alert* Stella's death and the first book that Gabriel wrote and an image that is discussed in the book. The sex scenes leave you with nothing but feeling unfulfilled and there are no thrills in this book. I only kept turning the pages in an effort to finish what I started.