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Author is great at building tension, but it doesn't go anywhere
on May 12, 2014
This is the second book I've read by the author and I find there are some things in her work that I really enjoy and some things I'm just not that crazy about.
She is excellent at building tension. Once I started this story, I couldn't put it down. I read the book in a single day because I kept telling myself "Just one more chapter . . . " It's a credit to her ability to weave a spell that I didn't question some things until after the book was over, even when they did seem really implausible (like, how, for instance, do the Wards finance their peculiar lifestyle?).
The anticipation that she built made my disappointment with the resolution of the plot even more acute. Things build and build and built and it seems like Andrew is well and truly caught up in something terrible. And then . . . poof. It just gets resolved very patly. I felt like she was just pulling her punches -- she had the guts to create a terrifying and repugnant plot, but didn't have the will to see it through to the end. I felt like I was reading the end to a completely different book.
I'll probably read more by Ahlborn, she has the ability to take readers on quite a ride. It's just I didn't think this book was what it could have been.