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Top Customer Reviews
The characters are well delineated--not by telling the reader what they are, but by letting their words and actions reveal them. The strongest character (after the tightly wound heroine herself) is not human. It's Amazonia--rivers and rain forest--immutable and mysterious.
The story grabs the reader by the collar and keeps him (or her) in suspense, eager to find out what is going to happen next.
First, there is the jungle "tour" that Robin is on in the present, in which the author displays the results of what must have been a lot of research. All those Latin names for plants! All the very specific species and types of boats! This part is fun, in a beach-read sort of way, provided you can suspend a sense of disbelief at the plot twists, possible double crosses, etc.
The second narrative is the story of Robin's childhood, told in flashbacks. I found this part frustratingly disconnected from the jungle trip. In addition, Robin's memories, purportedly set in the 1990's, seem to belong to a time forty years earlier. In the 1950's a family might fail to recognize or seek help for an autistic child, and might take a long trip crowded into an unairconditioned station wagon while the parents smoked in the front seat, and in the 1950's the other girls in Robin's high school might have names like Judy or Kathy. Not the 1990's. And, the central drama of her childhood - the disturbed sister whose destructive behavior was passively accepted by both her family and, apparently, her school and community - just does not ring true as a story from the 1990's.
Finally, there is the story of her marriage and its breakdown. Let's just say they're both to blame and leave it at that.
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The main character, Robin, is a neurotic bundle of tension who is difficult to like, but the many plot twists and surprises had me pulling for her to survive the Amazon-tour-gone-haywire that she finds herself embroiled in.
Will Robin get her life in Seattle back together again after surviving the whole ordeal? I guess that's why it's a series. I'm already eager to read Ms. Falcon's next opus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great read! Exciting and fun! I couldn't put it down, it kept me engaged from the very 1st page to the last! I can't wait for the next book in the series!!!Published 10 months ago by melanie
What a waste! I should slap myself for finishing this horrible book.
The story goes from present to past in Robin's life and it's just a wretched story. Read more
I loved this book because it truly transported me below the equator. I have taken a boat tour on the headwaters of the Amazon and can vouch for the authenticity of the jungle... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sandy Nelson
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I just kept reading it thinking it would get better, but it didn't. Not sure if it was just me or what?Published on December 17, 2013 by Kathleen J Vadala
I finished this book because I dislike not finishing things. It was difficult getting to know the characters. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Wanda
Thank you, Anna Scott Falcon, for your intriguing first novel--well written and quite a page-turner. I was swept along with the women on their Amazon adventure. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Rosanne F.
This book was extremely irritating. The main character is whining the whole book like she didn't know camping in the Amazon would be hard. I really hated the ending.Published on October 14, 2013 by Julie
This was a very vivid description of the jungle - so much so, that I no longer have any inkling of venturing there. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Carol J
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