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Conundrum by [Lakin, C. S.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2804 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ubiquitous Press (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WD0GGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,127,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think this is a well constructed story with some deep insights into what makes people tick.

In some ways, a story with such psychological introspection by somewhat screwed-up characters would not normally be my cup of tea. But the author draws the characters with such compassionate humanity that one is drawn in. There's a kind of Carol Shields feel about the way she pulls you in to caring about the characters.
Some of the behaviours of her troubled family also resonated with me as very believable, not least the ways children deal with loss.

I also like the way, in an age when so many authors dumb down their writing, the author takes a few risks in including references to poetry and other literature, as thoughts in the mind of the narrator. Some of the reviews on Amazon.com haven't liked this - but for me it worked well and came across as a plausible facet of the main character's rather cerebral and over-thinking approach to the 'conundrum' and the problems in her life.

What above all makes it a 5 star review for me is that I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it. And though it is by no means a story with constant action, the interest in the characters makes it a page-turner. All in all a very compelling read that I enjoyed very much.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 69 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible plot, flat characters, 31 Jan. 2014
By Pink Amy - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago, Lisa's father committed suicide by willing himself to get leukemia, or so the story goes. If you buy into that premise, you might enjoy this book more than me.
In an attempt to help her suicidal, bipolar brother, Lisa seems to find out the truth about her father's life and death. She's not going to find those answers from her controlling, emotionally abusive mother, who discourages the odyssey. Her brothers are reluctant to help, her husband has left her, only her best friend, and estranged uncle and his family seem on her side.
CONUNDRUM has so many flaws it's hard to know where to begin. The characters are flat and one dimensional, the plot implausible, and the writing contrived. Are we really to believe Lisa, in her first person narrative, repeatedly quotes poetry in her head? If CS Lakin wanted to use her presumed love of poetry in the narrative, she would have been better off using quotes to start each chapter. The only positive aspect of this novel is that although completely unrealistic, the writer did flesh out the plot.
I forced myself to finish CONUNDRUM, because I hate not finishing novels. I don't recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Heady Read 14 Jan. 2014
By VKF - Published on Amazon.com
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C.S. Lakin's Conundrum was one of those books that captured my interest quickly, and page by page did not disappoint. Though at times I found myself chewing through long passages, it was a delicious journey. Heartfelt, thoughtful and surprising, Conundrum is a gem to be admired.

I found the author's use of quotes, from Shakespeare to Lewis Carol, were well used, further elucidating each character's personal plights. I always love a reference to the Jabberwocky, myself. Each chapter was engaging, each passage bringing me a tiny bit closer to understanding the torments and joys of this complicated family.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Conundrum, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys puzzles - both of the mind, and the heart. A truly well-written story.
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good read... 13 Aug. 2014
By J. McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
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This the story of surviving a dysfunctional family, and finding some of the answers. Lisa is bringing into her marriage the results of living in a broken family, and trying to function with all the members. In trying to help her manic depressive brother, she unlocks doors that in turn provide more questions. In trying to appease her difficult mother, she disrupts her marriage to a man who truly loves her. The writer weaves poetry into the story, a comfort and a torture. She finally realizes life is a conundrum, and thing are not always as they seem on the surface.
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat 19 Oct. 2015
By Leola Ogle - Published on Amazon.com
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This was definitely a page turner for me. The character depictions showed the depth of dysfunctional family relationships. It made me thankful for my family and happy childhood. This novel wove in so many deep elements of fiction with the intricate relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings, and friends. Betrayal, secrets, mystery, romance, suspense.....This book has it all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! 29 Jan. 2014
By Bendigo199 - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book a tremendous read. A true mystery with deep psychological insights. And poetry to boot. For the first time I under stood some of the beautiful and timeless words of T.S. Elliott. Thank you C.S. Larkin for showing me this beauty of words. This was a can't put down book. If you like mysteries, you will love this deep book. Enjoy!
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