- File Size: 863 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J1BPZJA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main character was not believable, the novel lacked character build-up and no rhyme or reason. The story was all over the place and I begin not caring what became of Katherine, William, or any of the other supporting characters.
The author attempted to deliver a suspenseful tale full of mystery, horror, and what if the novel is but instead is sick with the following spoiler alerts.
Katherine is traveling with her father who has repeatedly raped her and the author eludes to her experiencing a miscarriage during one of the rapes. Evidently a fetus pushes from her body and her father buries it. The stumble onto a hotel establishment where her father begs to be hired and is lazy and Katherine tries to compensate for his shortcomings. Dad tries to rape her again during one of his drinking binges she fights him and them Dad leaves her at the hotel to survive on her own.
Katherine falls in love with a man that’s old enough to be her father and begins an affair with a married man, gets pregnant by the man who’s a judge. The very rich judge has a Friday night standing with the hotel owner of coming there ever Friday to get drunk and sleep with many women to forget his problems. Long story short men in the town are jealous of the Judge and Katherine’s relationship and one person in particular corners her and rapes her the noise causes a stir and the Judge and others are drawn to the ruckus.
In a jealous rage the Judge believes that Katherine is no better than all the other women he has slept with and accuses her of being a bitch and turns his back on her. Not only does she gets raped by her attacker but others join in and take their turn with her.
From this point on the book continues to confuse and become darker and darker.
Save your money!!!!!!!!
I tried to find something to redeem this novel but I couldn’t, sick, sick, and sicker as it goes on, not worth the time to finish I found myself skipping just to get to the end. Thank God for endings!
This is a very unusual story. I liked very much the Native/healing backdrop to the story, the superstitions, their beliefs, living from the earth. The author has created an exemplary cast of characters. I knew immediately who I liked, who I didn't, and which ones grew on me even as they themselves grew into the story. The woods also is a major player.
The book is very well written. There is a point where I thought "O really"? Herein the author has borrowed the "Moses in the bullrushes" Bible story bringing that theme up-to-date for our modern times. And she does it very well. While I was taken back by this occurrence, Ms. Steinberg makes it work beautifully. I recommend staying with it because it turns out to be quite a tale spanning many years. Love story? Yes. Coming of age story? Yes. Sacrifice and selfishness? Yes. Surprise ending? Absolutely.
Kack's life is not easy, but she is a person of highest integrity to the end. She makes choices she knows to be "wrong" while demonstrating a willingness to accept the consequences of those choices. She doesn't make excuses; she does't vacillate. In this, she is alone among the characters of the book. While there were no characters I truly disliked, except Kack's father who is altogether too willing to flee from his character flaws.
To truly enjoy this story, you must be willing to accept that nature is a mystery, and that there are connections between humans and Nature that some of us master more than others do. Kack is very fortunate in her ability to reconcile this in her own mind, and to live a solitary enough existence that she is able to take her nature and her nurture to become a self-reliant person. I admired her, and found myself wanting to emulate her knowledge and her strength of character.
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