- File Size: 2905 KB
- Print Length: 448 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439157383
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (April 6, 2004)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2004
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC1LOC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Just not my kind of a read ... if it is going to be melodrama then I will take it in period costume. This was trying to be philosophical but fell on its arty arse. The multiple narrative was woeful ... the "voice" used was the same, usually impossible to tell (without names) who was narrating the chapter. (Maybe the problem is that I have recently read some great change of voice/point -of-view multiple narratives that work in spades!!)
I found the characterisations a bit on the clunky side, lacking credibility. In fact there were too many characters who were not relevant to the plot ... what was the point of the lawyer's old love affair?
Maybe the only problem with the surprise ending is that they weren't all treated to the same fate!
I thought of giving this book two stars because of the concept. Also, because it is rare to find a book that gets worse by the chapter. The concept of telling the stories from seven different points of view promises to be interesting, but ends up just seeming lazy. The author doesn't really flesh out the characters enough to give them each a unique point of view, so it ends up that she is just telling the same story more than once.
Aside from the implausibility of the book as a whole (several knowledgeable reviewers have commented on the rigorous rules governing organ donations, especially from donor children), the ending is the biggest cop out to resolving a story ever! And, even if you are okay with the ironic-tragic ending, the last/epilogue chapter (the first time we hear from the sister directly) is even more ridiculous. Are we supposed to believe that Kate not only rose from her death bed but pirouetted out of it to become a dance teacher? Are we to believe that, without any intervention other than his father telling him that he knows what he did, the brother stops being an arsonist and becomes a cop? The father has a brief spate of alcoholism but then is okay? Nonesense!
I think the bigger crime is that the book did not explore some of the more interesting, but perhaps less dramatic themes-for instance, that of the brother, whose childhood is cut short by his ailing sister, but who has no direct role to play in her illness because he is not a good genetic match. Instead, the author does a halfhearted attempt at a love-lost; love-found story between the lawyer and the court liaison, which is also never really fleshed out very well.
C'mon! If you are going to write a book about something this compelling, don't be so lazy about it! Do the research, take the time to develop the characters, and write a good book instead of a marketable movie treatment!
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