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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise, 1 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Light On Snow (Paperback)
This is my third Shreve novel and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed.

The story is of a father and 12 year old daughter, who, in different ways, are grieving the loss of their wife (mother) and baby daughter (sister) in a tragic accident. Two years later, they find a baby in the snow, whose mother turns up on their doorstep, and ensuing events reveal more of the complex nature of their grief.

What I like is the writing style. Shreve draws you in to the characters and conjures up atmosphere beautifully. The story starts at a cracking pace, setting up all kinds of possibilities. But from the third chapter, the pace slows dramatically and becomes very pedestrian. And, in my view, the plodding storyline is not rescued by any great insights into the nature of grief or grieving.

As the novel drew to a close, my expectation was great, but I fear I was disappointed. It ends in a whimper, and, despite re-reading, to see if I had missed something, I was left with no real understanding of any resolution.
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