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Three Minutes More Paperback – February 12, 2010
"The Other Emily" by Dean Koontz
Master of suspense Dean Koontz takes readers on a twisting journey of lost love, impossible second chances, and terrifying promises. | Learn more
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This is how you should feel after reading a book...it's perfect, appalling, heart-breaking, disgusting and raw. If I could I would give this author a standing ovation. He nailed this. Out of the park." --The Book Journal
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 166 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1450511872
- ISBN-13 : 978-1450511872
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.38 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel is a little slow in the first few pages. I even thought about putting it down as it first appeared like it was going to be some `preachy' novel filled with religion. Later, I was so glad that I didn't stop reading. There was zero preaching throughout the book. I was so far off the mark it was laughable.
The storyline is basically Michael Stevens telling of his childhood with his many brothers in his poor and abusive family. In the beginning, Mike is in dire straits and believes he is dying. However, the reader is not privy to where he is or what happened to him. Throughout the novel, the reader is rarely reminded of Mike's current condition. This made it easier to get sucked into the story of Mike's life. And, boy, did I get sucked in! I could hardly put this book down!
The only downside to the novel was that I had trouble figuring out how old Mike during the first half of the book. That was a little distracting.
I was stunned, appalled, riveted, and amazed at the life this young boy was leading. I was shocked at the ending, so shocked that I couldn't cry until I read the last sentence. This book is not for the faint of heart. It describes horrible acts of child abuse, mostly physical, but some sexual.
The ending was abrupt and final. At first, I thought, "That's it?" and hit my Next Page button a few times to find more. This wasn't because the ending was bad, but because I didn't want the book to end, even there.
Character Development: 5 Stars
Mike was so believable that I wanted to go find him and save him from his awful life. He brought tears to my eyes and, at other times, a smile to my lips.
Mike's family was only developed through Mike's eyes, which was appropriate in this story. They were all unique individuals that the reader slowly comes to know.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
From the beginning to the end, Mike's voice in this story kept me enthralled. The writing was excellent with terrific structure and tone. The descriptions were vivid and detailed just enough.
I was absolutely amazed to find such talent, not raw but fully developed, in a first novel.
Rating: R for Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Rape
CAUTION: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
The book starts with a boy wondering if he is about to die. The rest of the book is his reflection on his past. That includes a childhood where he and his brothers faced significant abuse. While the story was very sad, I think the author missed an opportunity. By presenting the story after the events have occurred, the reader gets a strangely objective presentation. I wasn't taken on a journey where I felt scared WITH the characters, felt their pain as it occurred, etc. Also, the story was told from Mike's point of view and Mike is the kind of person who focuses on the good -- how he had a great day with his brothers, even if it followed a beating. He was so resilient -- which was great -- but it did take some of the 'sting' out of the story. You could take solace in the fact that Mike had happiness in his life despite its horrors.
There were also some grammar and punctuation issues. Authors shouldn't get a pass for some things, like the misuse of "I". For example: "They were much bigger than I." It is not "I"; it is "me". ("I" is only appropriate when it is the subject of the sentence or phrase.) That happened far too much. And when an entire book is from the thoughts of Mike, why are some thoughts in quotation marks? There were these arbitrary, inexplicable quotation marks.
Further, I really wish the ages of the boys were disclosed up front. It was very confusing and hard to imagine the story without that critical piece of the story. For most of the book, I thought James was the oldest or second to oldest (and in high school), but late in the book, it was noted that James was in the same school as his elementary age brothers, as opposed to the middle school his other two brothers attended. There were several things like that which seemed internally inconsistent. Another was the fact that James was strong and, at what I'm estimating to be age 13ish, he still wasn't big/strong enough to fight off his 4'9" mom.
Overall, though, a very good book.