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Letdown after the sample
on February 20, 2012
"It's ok" defintely describes how I felt about The River Knows. After reading the sample chapter, I was greatly anticipating reading the full story, and promptly signed myself up on the request list at the library. Who doesn't want to read a thriller where the heroine fakes her own death?
Sadly, while several exciting and suspenseful elements are introduced throughout the novel, none of these elements are developed to their full potential, leaving this reader with a sense of letdown once I finally finished the book. As the villian is introduced, he truly seems like quite the scoundrel, yet he never seems to fully come alive as an evil man; the surprise second villian, who makes an unexpected appearance 3/4 of the way through the book leads the plot on an interesting twist, but again, Quick introduces this character and just sort of lets him dangle along without any real development.
Even with the love story, Anthony and Louisa just seem to roll along. Oh sure, there are a few obstacles placed in their path, but neither has any real emotional hang-up to overcome, and even the faked death - the thrilling beginning of the story! - is merely passed over, almost as an afterthought.
The story did keep me engrossed, sort of, but did not leave me wanting more. Not my favorite Quick novel, and while I didn't hate it, I wouldn't recommend it to fellow readers.