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The good, the Bad, and the Predictable
on December 31, 2010
There are some things that are fabulous about this book. The characters are complex and well thought out. I like that the author chose to tell the tale through the eyes of multiple characters. This allowed the story to be told fully. No one character would have known all the secrets. The only alternative would have been to have an omniscient narrator. It's written in a manner that prevents the reader from putting down the book.
There is one major flaw with this book. The author has a messed up sense of time. At the very beginning of the book, she states that Brian and Sarah were born in 1986. A few pages later, their birthdates change to 1991. There is a huge difference between 1986 and 1991. Then, one event is stated to have taken place twenty years ago. All of a sudden, it becomes 17 years previously. Then, there is an event that happened twenty years previously to 35 year old Laura. The author states that Laura was 16. Ummm...twenty years previous to 35 is fifteen not 16.
I do think this book was a bit predictable. There was not one secret that I did not figure out way before it was revealed in the story. I'm rather disappointed in that. I kept waiting for the surprises. There weren't any.