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The Many and The One (The Ocean Beach Island Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I really hate to give bad review and hate even more not finishing the book. I would have been really mad if I paid for this book. I love books written as a series, especially in a small town so I was very disappointed by this book. I deleted the entire series from my library, it's not worth my kindle space. Maybe it was written geared towards high school boys, not adults.
The writing was poor - at one point they were talking about a business and in parentheses it said (that his mom owned.) Parentheses are maybe good for an email or a review but out of place in a novel!
My brain hurts - must go wash it out.
Since you have to rate the item to give it a review I give it 1-star, but that's being more generous than it deserves!
With the conflicting reviews I did not read this book for months after I downloaded it.
The start of the book is painful. The writing is awful. Teenage children in school are referred to as men and women.
And they have very much teenager sex like kids and it is called making love.
I almost put the book down in the first part. The incestuous sex is just too much. It is too graphic, when referring to incestuous sex I would not have been that descriptive. A teenage boy and his sexual conquests that is referred to in number format and at a very young age in the 1000's. Disturbing.
The book gets better when the characters get older.
But then tragedy hits and Jason and Lindsay go through absolute hell.
Just when you think things get better another incestuous relationship sickens your gut.
A father that kisses and 8 year old hard on the mouth and it escalates from there. Sickening.
Again when you think things are getting better they get worse once again. The pain that the sins of the mothers and fathers inflict on the future of their children are enough to want to make you heart sore.
But again things pick up in the book just for it to go down again with the terrible event that leaves Jason and Lindsay in tatters. And another sexual event that makes the reader want to scream in outrage.
And again things get better for the end of the book.
This book spans over more than 20 years, if you take into account the first quick scene lets make it over 30 years. The reader has no clue from the synopsis of the book or the start of the book that it will span 30 years because the first juvenile part of the book makes you think that the teenage part will never end!
How one mother and son could cause so much pain I would not know. That makes this book purely fiction as you cannot imagine people like that could really exist.
The book is divided in parts. If the writer could rewrite the first part of the teenager years then I think this book could be so much better.
I really wanted to give this book 3.5 stars but that's not an available option. The good things about this book - I find that far too many people have a hard time writing good characters. That is the farthest thing from true with this book. The author has written characters that you have feelings for by the end. I loved Boomer & Lindsay, I HATED Derek & Charlotte, I was confused by McGee and I felt so much sympathy for Jenny. All of the characters had something to add to the story. They were written wonderfully. The storyline & plot twists to me were very believable. It's a scary thing to think that people could have the capacity to do the things that happened in this book, but between the news & the paper, it's obvious that people will stop at nothing to get what they want. I cried at the end with the final story twist. It was poignant and touching.
The bad - I had a hard time with the writing style. The entire book is essentially narrated. I have read tons of books that are written in the 1st person POV and plenty more that are written in the 3rd person POV but rarely have I ever gotten through a narration of this length. Having said that, it wasn't enough of a problem to hinder my overall enjoyment of the and in no way detracted from the quality in any way, it's just not a style I am usually interested in.
I have already purchased the next book in the series and am hoping that it continues to get better.