Tuesday, September 3, 2013
It's the story of Patrick, a young man who is known in his small town due to his father's drunk driving, which led to an accident that killed a young boy. Patrick and his brother, Mike, are infamous in their small town because they failed to report their father's accident for almost two days. Patrick is dealing not only with an ambiguous relationship with his brother's girlfriend that has gone too far, but with interest from Layla, the daughter of a local preacher, who has rejected her faith. Finally, there is Layla's little sister, Verna, who is trying to come to grips with what she believes and the bullying she faces at school.
Absolutely nothing to complain about. I think in terms of writing the comparisons to Gillian Flynn are deserved. She has great style and a flair for making the reader care about people who are hard to like. She has just enough balance between sympathy and revulsion, and I find that impressive.
Despite the great writing, I was just not into the story. I wanted to care about the characters, but just couldn't. I don't think it's the fault of the writer, I think I've just read too many of this kind of book recently. The worldview that most of humanity has no redeeming character and is just made up of horrible people who act in horrible ways was overwhelming.
That said, this is a book that will suck you in. You will not want to put it down. It has a compelling storyline and the characters keep you interested, if discouraged in the human race.
If you are a fan of Gillian Flynn or dark suspense, I think you'll enjoy it. Just try not to read too many like it in a row!
Thank to TLC for allowing me to be a part of the tour!
Posted by Julie G at 1:22 PM