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- File Size: 1603 KB
- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: Headline (29 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007C5AUVK
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- Customer reviews: 51 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'A twisting beast of a plot with a building sense of menace and a shocking climax... an entertaining rollercoaster of a read' (Stylist)
'Crouch excels at creating an atmosphere of low-level menace and a shocking climax... an entertaining rollercoaster of a read' (Guardian)
'Dangerously addictive' (Erin Kelly, author of THE POISON TREE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I felt that the authors descriptions of the vile house and the dirty climate of Trout Island, NY state were really well executed, I could actually sense the grime and the mustiness of the place and I longed for the characters to give their environment a good scrubbing.
But overall I found the characters, especially the protagonist Lara, so frustrating! Lara repeatedly 'sees' and experiences things that are strange and unsettling yet she continues to dismiss them as her eyes playing tricks on her, or her hormones or her excessive wine consumption etc etc. I found this very annoying; basically it was a weak plot device that was used to ensure that the 'strange' incidents weren't revealed until the end.
As the book is written mostly from the pov of Lara we are left guessing as to what is going on but only beause she seems completely dense and unrealistically dismissive of the unsettling incidents; thus her character lacked any authenticity and I didn't really care about what happened to her.
Having said that the descriptions were very good and the sick relationship between the twins was weirdly fascinating, and is probably the reason I saw the book through to the end.
With a bit more effort and some increased character development this book could have been great but as it stands its just average-to-good at best.
Lara rekindles something she should never have done with her husbands actor friend. Thought she might have learnt from before but this gives the story more depth at times. I enjoyed it and read this one after reading Julia Crouch's latest book and now going back reading older ones of hers as think she writes a good story. Have to say her latest is even better seems like she is going to be an author I will look out for.
As the book progresses, I began to find this author's style of writing irritating and overly descriptive.
But the main negative is that this author just does not seem able to wind her books down to a satisfactory ending. The later part of the book becomes disturbing, violent and sick (especially regarding Lara's older son) and there was no proper outcome in the end, which was very annoying. What was the point? The book ends with questions unanswered, rather like in her first novel which also had a poor ending. I'd ordered this book first but it was delayed so I read Cuckoo first. Then I read this book thinking it might be an improvement. So that's done it for me. I won't be reading any further novels by this author who cannot write satisfying conclusions to her stories, making them in the end pointless.
The writing was a bit of a struggle at times - there seemed to be an insistence on telling people's backstories in a rather clunky way - but at other times it flowed nicely, usually when describing the location. And although I could imagine some of the situations in the book, the words seemed somewhat flat.
Basically, it's a relatively unchallenging thriller that you shouldn't expect too much from.
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The book is well written and I took some pleasure in reading it, but only when I accepted it was NOT a thriller. I bought it believing the captions on the cover, saying it was “chilling”, a “page-turner”. It is, for the most part, a romance-type story, the life a housewife dealing with a husband and three children, and some disturbing incursions into the relationship between her twins.
There is however a change of pace and it turns into some kind of thriller but very late in the book. But even when the suspense builds up, the events are a bit grotesque, I didn’t really buy what was happening, not mentioning the very last chapter.
So all in all, I see this book as a missed opportunity; Julia Crouch has a real talent for portraying interesting characters, but I didn’t like her approach so I’m not sure I’ll want to read another Julia Crouch book again.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it to others like it was recommended to me.