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Not as horrible as some reviews suggested... not as great as I expected
on January 6, 2013
First, I should say that I primarily read historical fiction. I don't often read contemporary stories, however I have enjoyed Nicholas Sparks work in the past.
Alex and Katie were good, if not a tad bit boring, characters. I liked them both, even if Alex was a little TOO perfect, and rooted for them. Kevin was a bad guy. I disagree with other reviewers who found him stereotypical and repetitive. As a mental health professional, I read his portions with a sense of mania that rang true for me. One reviewer disliked the repetitive "He was a good detective" line. For me, it spoke with Kevin's desperation and lack of a grip on reality... he clung to his belief that he was a good detective, despite evidence to the contrary and an obvious descent into madness.
I enjoyed Katie's learning to trust and enjoy simple pleasures again. The end was suspenseful to me (if not a bit long), and I could picture the scenes in my mind's eye. Overall, I liked the story. I did think "love" happened too quickly, and parts of the story were too wordy for me.