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This story was was an amazing page turner. So many emotions vying throughout, with so many unexpected twists and turns, right up until the final page. I couldn’t stop reading it, but didn’t want it to end. Such powerful writing. Highly recommend.
Not for me - at the moment anyway. I could not get to grips with the writing style and found it very slow and at times irritating, The name of one of the main characters 'Walk' really got on my nerves for some reason. Lastly I was not convinced it was a story of an all American township past or present. Perhaps I will try again at a later date, but I have already tried twice and slapped it shut in annoyance both times!
I bought this book because I made the mistake of seeing all the glowing reviews listed ad nauseam. As I found it a waste of a few hours of my time, I was moved to write a review. I have the impression the author likes himself too much, and is not as witty as he thinks he is. I have read and greatly enjoyed Jane Harper's 'The Dry', but this isn't a patch on her novel. This story left me feeling cold.
I don’t know if the publisher paid a bunch of people to write 5 star reviews or what, but when I read “one of the best books I’ve ever read” over and over, I have to wonder if there’s some payola or just a crazy coincidence that so many readers have read so many crummy books that this one would be one of the best ever. The characters here are mainly stereotypes except for Duchess, the heroine, who is just so tirelessly nasty and boringly profane that I was sick of her quickly. The other characters change behaviors and actions so often that they soon become untenable, as the author manipulates the reader unashamedly and as he does so, the plot becomes ridiculous. In the end the whole book collapses into a pile of nonsense. Not recommended.
Beginning at the end is not a good way to begin a book. The story was so mixed and boring and had to keep looking back on previous chapters to check who some of the people were. Sorry but can not recommend this at all.
I'm the kind of guy who takes a while to settle into a new novel and Chris Whitaker really doesn't make it easy. Whoever calls their main character "Walk"?! That makes for some really confusing sentences, amidst some quite flowery language. And what I think must be Americanisms: "She had a cross - very thin". ??? Oh - that's a dog - a cross-breed. Pardon me for confusing that one! I will persevere, but it might take me a while.
Not a book to read if you need a lift. It’s certainly a page turner but the relentless brutality /abuse / neglect/ cursing really wore me down. I quit at around the 30% mark and have no regrets in moving on.
Chances are my review would be one star higher if this book hadn’t been hyped so much. I read it thru, only because of the touching teenage Duchess, so well-defined against her horrific home life. Overall, characterization was the bright spot....Otherwise, this was a mess of a novel, tediously over-written with much repetitive phrasing and clumsy dialogue, overly complex organization, non-believable scenarios and plot developments, and an unlikely and trite sinner/redemption theme applied to almost every character. The author’s reliance on convenient, sensational coincidences was ridiculous. I read 3-4 high-quality books a week. I can’t include this among them.
It had the makings of a good book. Unfortunately it was disjointed, punctuation was terrible, sentences that were not sentences. I did find humour in a few spots, which was the only highlight of this book. The book did not elicit strong emotion, as other reviewers suggested. This book could have been an excellent one. Unfortunately the author “missed it”, on so many levels.