- File Size: 1950 KB
- Print Length: 339 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: T.B. Markinson (September 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H9P8ZVR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hidden One (The Chosen One Book 2) Kindle Edition
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But the world the narrator describes - the world of wealth and a deep, lifelong involvement of her extended family in politics - is repugnant, even repulsive at times. From a manipulative, domineering grandmother to a vicious, vindictive class mate, from power-grabbing behavior to public phoniness to betrayal, this is a world I don’t want to be a part of, either in real life or in fiction.
I admire the narrator/protagonist’s good intentions, and I’m totally on board with her politics, but I’m baffled as to how a good person could stay involved in that world, no matter how altruistic her purpose.
The nastiness does ameliorate as the story draws to a close; even the mean grandmother turns out to be not so bad. But for most of the book I was wanting to be somewhere else, and wondering why the narrator/protagonist could continue to chose to live in such a despicable world.
I almost didn't listen to this one, but I had to remind myself about what I liked in the first one. I liked the side characters. Give me Fi and Pat. As much as I dislike the Southie accent, narrator Lori Prince brings it to life so well and makes Pat someone fleshed out. I want more of him.
As a character, Ainsley started to get on my nerves. I think she was accurately written in some respects. She's freshly 21 in this story, and her brain is practically all sex all the time. She can be a bit of a whiner, too. The "I'm so adorable because I'm clumsy" act was also something I didn't enjoy, but at least it was only used once in this book.
So all that out of the way, this book was interesting enough that the longer length didn't bother. I just wanted to know what was happening and to unpack the layers of political machinations. A new loveable side character was introduced in Hildy, Ainsley's mock campaign manager. The character chemistry was so good I thought something more might happen between her and Fi.
Prince's performance was as good as ever. I sometimes think the reason I wanted to slap Ainsley was because of the whining tone she used as the character's literal voice. That doesn't mean high-pitched. Ainsley just sounds often like she's complaining when she's not horny and flirting with her girlfriend.
This is a good read/listen for those who like mysteries (political or not) where there are layers of duplicity involved, readers of lesfic who like stories that aren't all about the coming out (Ainsley was never "in"), or people who read the first book and enjoyed it. I do not recommend starting with this book, though. Go back to the first one (The Chosen One).
Expect a 3rd book in the series since the author is clearly not done with these characters.