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A lot to like but...
on 15 July 2013
I like this author's previous books, but while this book had a lot to recommend it, I felt it wasn't up to her usual standards. I felt like she was experimenting with a slower style, but it didn't suit her story much. The result was a frustrating read that had a lot of unused potential.
The characters were an odd bunch. I suspect the aim was to compare and contrast two sets of siblings, but the attempt fell short. Elizabeth and her brother in New York were quite interesting, and bob was a good bad guy, but the sections set in Oklahoma fell very flat for me. The characters were quite realistic, but they slowed down the pace.
Then there's the central concept. There was a very good idea in this book, very unique, but it didn't surface until the end, by which time it was too late. The result is that the whole book felt like an overlong prequel. If there's a second series, I hope it gets to the point a little quicker.