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Buy a tour book of Ireland instead...
on August 10, 2011
Joy Fielding was one of my favorite authors, but with her last few novels she's just phoning it in. I wanted to love this book, but while reading it I could almost hear her telling herself, "The publisher needs 300 pages; I can add at least 30 by talking about Irish tourist attractions. Oh, and I'll disguise it as a cab driver, or tour bus driver, or some other unnecessary character and the readers won't notice." She also took simple conversations and dragged them out so that I found myself just skimming the pages to get to something even remotely interesting. It was almost insulting, really. As other reviewers have noted, the main character is just plain stupid and gets into situations my six-year-old niece would not. It was predictable and not that entertaining. Joy, you can do so much better! Go back and re-read your first five novels, then try again!