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Firstly, the relationship between Larabeth and Babykiller in the hospital was skipped over and seemed very implausible. I admit that my experience of stalkers is (thankfully) somewhat limited but wouldn't someone with this level of obsession have acted on it earlier?
Secondly, we glossed over the waste that was discharged. What happened to that?
Thirdly, the ending was far too glib for a storyline that had been fully prepared to 'grasp the nettle' with its descriptions of, let's call them, 'unsettling acts'. What had been a hard-hitting and plausible tale seemed to lose the plot (if you'll excuse the pun) with how it concluded. Couldn't there have been more made of Gerald?
I agree with a fellow reviewer that not disclosing when the story was set until about a third the way through was a needless device that (for me) only undermined what I'd read so far. Had I missed something? Why hadn't I picked this up? Was there some relevance to the year?
That said, Wounded Earth earns its 4 stars and I'd definitely read another book by Ms Evans.
The main genre is thriller/mystery but it also has a bit of environmentalism and activism in it. I will admit that I was a bit worried about that. I've read books similar to this in the past and it was entirely too preachy for me. I like my fiction to lack holier-than-thou. I shouldn't have worried. This was so supremely well done! This was interwoven very well into the plot and didn't feel forced down our throats, just part of the story.
Where the author excels with this book is character development. I felt like I knew Larabeth, like she was my good friend living next door. The author has the ability of empathy. I was extremely empathetic to both Larabeth and Cynthia and their plight. Even the pilot, who played a small part, was so strongly developed that I felt connected with him.
Her writing is amazing. It's beautiful, almost lyrical at times. She sets up a scene without giving away too much of where she's going. The only bad I saw in the whole book is that there were a few times that the book seemed to drag a little. Almost as though she was overexplaining a situation. We could have done with a little bit more of a strong editing arm.
Having said that, it doesn't detract from the story and the story moves along very well.
Highly recommended to those that enjoy a good thriller and just plain excellent writing.
However, when evaluating what I liked most about "Wounded Earth," it wasn't the plot that came to mind. Historically, thrillers and suspense are my favorite genres; I've read hundreds, if not thousands. As long as they are executed competently, which this was, it is other things I notice.
For "Wounded Earth," what stood out is the development of the main characters, especially the protagonist Larabeth. I've found I especially enjoy books with a strong female character. Larabeth is driven, not just towards success, but also to do good and what is right. It would be easy for a character like this who "has it all" to seem unreal. It is her difficult history, both with ex-boyfriend J.D. and skeletons in her closet, that makes Larabeth human and intriguing. It is also why, as a reader, I was pulling for her that much more.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **