- File Size: 861 KB
- Print Length: 294 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Linda Hall (August 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GGTNKG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Margaret's Peace (Coast of Maine Series) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Plot/Storyline: 4.5 stars
In this character-driven book, Margaret's attempts to rebuild her life bring her to her childhood home, where she is distracted by a ghost story that seems related to her sister's death 25 years earlier. The author maintains a leisurely pace, but with enough happening to grip my interest and keep me reading. The great secret was pretty predictable, and it wasn't quite believable that no one would have brought the villain to account earlier. Unfortunately, I had no trouble believing that the police fell so completely under the villain's control. Hall ignores the statute of limitations, which would make the villain mostly unprosecutable. But the tension as I neared the end of the book heightened so much that I would almost classify this as a thriller rather than a mystery. Hall left several secondary storylines unresolved, possibly for later books? First in the author's Coast of Maine series, I look forward to the next in the series.
Characters: 3.75 stars
Most of the main characters are believable and sympathetic. Margaret's sadness permeates the atmosphere until she gets involved in the mystery. Chris is competent as well as determinedly cheery. Aunt Meg's conflict between fear and vengeance feels real. Although Donna's crippling fears are well-portrayed, I found her petty and unlikeable. Next-door neighbors Ruth and Bradley, as well as Margaret's other relatives, all feel one-dimensional. Even the villain isn't portrayed with the care Hall gives to the more likable characters - too much telling rather than showing.
Writing style: 4.5 stars
Sentence structure is fine. Dialogue rings true. There is a lot of description, and the quantity isn't related to its importance to the storyline; Hall is particularly fond of describing beautiful scenery as Margaret drives through it.
The book appears to have been scanned and inadequately proofread, leaving OCR-type errors: lather instead of father, comer instead of corner, and (oddly enough) feces instead of faces. It was mildly annoying but not pervasive enough to affect my enjoyment. Otherwise, editing and formatting were fine.
Great book for a reader's to discuss in a book club. Also found the range of ages in the characters an interesting complication to the story.