Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Decidedly average. I didn't have major complaints, no glaring errors, appropriate grammar and editing, etc. But a good portion of dialogue seemed to be less than genuine and definitely stilted. I had a hard time imagining a real person speaking the way some characters speak in the book. I also felt like there were several scenes that served no purpose for the overall plot. It was really up and down for me. I'd read a passage and be annoyed that it existed, and then read another passage and be back in the story. It wasn't consistently interesting or well-written.
Again, inconsistent. There were times I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened. Other times I didn't care and had to make myself keep reading. I think the overall largest problem I had was how little the "alpha" friend was in the story. I felt like from the description, we were going to have some crazy lady behavior. Or at least some serious drama. The whole drastic personality change, and the mysterious lover from the past (there's a mysteriously creepy lover from the past who is not supposed to be creepy) made me think that we would have some action. Lady fights or at least arguments. That kind of thing. Excitement. But the woman with the memory disorder moves away and is barely in the story at all. She makes few telephone appearances, but we really don't get any good arguments. The passive friend continues to be passive-aggressive. The pushy friend continues to be pushy and aggressive-aggressive.
I'm trying to rein myself in some here, because it wasn't as bad as I'm making it sound. There were moments of tension and points where I really did care what happened in the story. Overall, though, I have to say that I think it was largely forgettable. Ask me a year from now and I doubt I'd be able to tell you what it's about without looking up my review. So ultimately, I think it's not one I'd recommend. I think there are other books that are more well-written and more interesting.
The good news is that I am not the only person on the TLC tour for this one, so feel free to check out the other reviews. Several people on the tour really enjoyed this one. For a balanced look, check out some of their reviews as well! As always, thank you to TLC for sending me a copy to review!
Posted by Julie G at 8:04 PM