Was sad to see this book end, beautiful attention to detail.
This book has made me believe one thing to be absolutely true: I can no longer trust the reviews on this app. Many of the reviews say these characters come to life, that the writing is beautiful. I’ve read a few that discuss the authors background and, when she writes about natural occurrences, the life science behind these occurrences, I do get a sense of science weaving into art and it is rather pretty to read. But the characters are cardboard. The dialogue is what makes it obvious that not only this a debut novel, but Delia Owens is not well versed in writing fiction. The dialogue is repetitive, filler content. Something along the lines of, “Kya gave the book back. Tate took the book. ‘Thanks for the book, Kya,’ he said.” Etc. I found this frustrating. Had Delia Owens had previous experience writing fiction, this novel would be a hundred pages shorter. The plot was a little unrealistic, but I’ve never been in the 1960s and that’s why we read fiction, right? But the plot was also a little stale. The same love-triangle gone wrong story that we are used to from seeing Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc. only the supernatural has been taken out and the characters replaced with ones that don’t necessarily justify why they do what they do. A main character makes a big decision to not approach another main character about something that, up until this point, has been very important to both of them, simply because that character just “decides” to not approach with little justification, as if their mind has suddenly changed. This is prevalent throughout the novel. This novel wasn’t terrible, and I believe Delia Owens can only get better at her fiction writing. But I will say, I have absolutely no idea how this book has gotten so much hype. If you’re looking for the next groundbreaking novel, with characters that speak like real people, and a plot that doesn’t make decisions simply for plot’s sake, look elsewhere.
I found the book to be very easy to read. A book that you could not put down. The characters seemed so alive thur the book. Very descriptive of area that the story was about. GoodRead! JesRay1980
I absolutely love how beautifully written this book is! I enjoyed reading it every minute. It really kept me on the edge & really kept me interested around every corner. I usually never review anything, but this book really deserved the recognition! I’m ready for more!
Such an amazing book. So sad to finish it. Beautifully written. A must read
Great book. It’s a story of loneliness, a story of discovery. But a better story of love found and lost and finally captured in warmth. Oh yea, there’s a great mystery and investigation with clues to the very end. Loved it.
I could not put this book down. Loved the writing and story from start to finish. If you have this on your “want to read” list, put it on the top and read it. You won’t regret it.