- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 1, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7KCBZI
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The problem is not so much with the book or the author, but the folks (not Amazon) that recommended it to me. It should have specified that it was for teens.
That said, my interest was really captured for maybe 30 or 40 pages near the end when the main character finds herself at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago ... and encounters Dr. H.H. Holmes ... one of the worst serial killers in U.S. history. That was well played out.
I'll start by saying that I am not a fan of science fiction. By accident this book was offered free by Amazon and I somehow managed to click on it. I read it for a change of pace (I'm more of a Jack Reacher/Mitch Rapp/Harry Bosch kind of reader!). But I gave this a try and here are my quick thoughts:
1. The characters could have used a little more detail. I think because the plot is so confusing at times it is hard to establish the characters when you're writing too much about the story line.
2. I thought the pacing was extremely slow. There was so much writer's craft describing the walls, carpets, flowers, etc...that at times it seemed as though this book would never end.
3. I admit that time travel totally fascinates my imagination this book lacked a lot of historical pieces. Not that the author was wrong in her facts, but I think she could have added some more points of history - especially in a more teen-oriented book. They need to know more about history and a good historical fiction book is a good way to educate!
4. The end was still leaving me with many questions. Not in a way that says, "Wow, that makes me wonder!", but more of a "OK, so what happened with this person, and that person, and what about the...".
Would I recommend this book? Probably not. BUT...I won't dismiss someone from reading it. Maybe they'll get something out of it that I didn't. I won't be reading the next books in this series because it's just not my kind of novel. But again, I won't talk bad about a first-time author. Some of m favorites had lousy first writings, then turned out great!
Ms. Walker's description of the World's Fair was so full and complete I was able to fully envision the entire event. The description of Mr. Holme's and the hotel was horrific, lending credence to the desciptions and timelines laid out.
I just finished reading this book and already my Kindle is downloading the next one. I'm grateful that Ms. Walker already has it finished. I can't wait to start on the next book in this series.