This was a good book about a girl's struggle with tragedy in her life. There was a really heavy emphasis on Mormon religion, which for me just made the story more authentic and interesting, but it might put some people off. Overall, I enjoyed it.
I very much enjoyed this book and almost always enjoy the author. It was interesting to me as it tells the story of a tragedy that happens in a Morman family and how the eldest child is affected by that tragedy throughout her childhood and young adult life.
I loved this book! I loved the characters and totally felt thier pain and thoughts. Mitchard wrote like a genius. I seriously could not put this book down. This book was so thought provoking and emotional, and I even liked learning about the Mormon background. I honestly don't know what else to say, this work just intertwined everything it means to be human and I was so moved while reading it! A MUST READ!!!!
I read this book in one evening! Could not put it down even though I was bawling half the time I was reading it! Very good and very emotionally draining! Not light read but wonderful if you want to be completely immersed in a book!
This book was excellent and will bring out the emotions of any parent. I had already cried 3 times by chapter 8!
I have read several of the authors books and it is hard to pick a favorite. This one follows the 12 year old sister as she and her family learn to cope with the horiffic circumstances that took the lives of her younger twin sisters.
The ending will surprise you....keep reading till the very last page.
I enjoyed this story. The religious aspects of the book weren't overwhelming. I didn't know much about Latter Day Saints beforehand so this was informative for me (though I see from the other review that maybe I was misinformed). I thought the reader's voice was very good, much better than Mitchard herself (when she read Christmas, Present).
A very good book, with a powerful story. It fell a little flat at a few points, and so wasn't perfect, but was still well worth reading. It's a good powerful story about grief, tragedy, and forgiveness. Veronica is a believable narrator, and lets you feel her pain as she tells her story. Definitely worth the time spent reading it.
This was an easy read--interesting view of a family torn apart by murders and the aftermath. Although the story was a good read (and I âenjoyedâ it) , I didn't feel too invested in the characters as much as I felt I should have given the subject matter.
I was delighted by this book. It was an interesting topic...made you truly think....and kept the "listener" fully engaged and rooting for the characters....I will "read" the authors other novels without hesitation.
This was a very good book. I read it in two days...had a very hard time putting it down! It was a very moving story, and a wide range of emotions were shown. I like how it followed the main character as she grew up, what she was feeling, and what her motivations were for her actions. I would recommend this book to anyone!
This audio book kept me in suspense although I cringed my way through it.
So truly believable, sad and unique as well as unpredictable. I am glad I chose to read it. I cared about the young girl as well as the mentally ill killer. Many things to consider about whether forgiveness is the best choice to make when the injustice happens to an innocent family.
The overall story was good. I enjoyed the reader's voice. There was some mis-information regarding the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, most of it was minor and not malicious.
I have always been a J Mitchard fan but this is by far her most complex and rewarding work. The story holds just the right amount of drama and full-fledged characterization and comes to a satisfying end. The reader on this audio version successfully distinguishes each of the voices, bringing them to life in a subtle yet convincing way. Mitchard did her research about Mormonism, emergency medical technicians, depressive disorders and other relevant issues so that the details included were accurate without being instructional. I really loved listening to this. The perfect audio book.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read for me. I loved how it told the story of a family in sorrow and how you can overcome things not only in faith but also within your self and that sometimes people are not always what they seem. This story kept me page turning from one after the other!
I read this for a book club, and it was a fast read and it did keep me interested. I enjoyed the information about the Mormon community, I read that the author has good friends that are Mormon, and she lived with them awhile before writing this book. The authors style is much like Jodi Picoult. I will say that a few times I found the dialog confusing, but overall, I enjoyed it because of the lessons it teaches about forgiveness and how each of us has may have to take a different path to find redemption and to be willing to forgive others.
I was very disappointed in this book. I rec'd it from a friend, who as far as I know is feligion-neutral and sophisticated in literary taste. This book rates right up there with something you might five your 12-15 yo relative, who is questioning her Mormon faith. The author states her intention as exploring Mormon faith and its effect upon an adolescent believer who experiences a hedeous trauma. Through the years I have met a fair number of Mormons who have told me beliefs of the church, attitudes toward women, attitudes toward the body and sex, that simply did not show up in this book. Therefore, I do no think the author met her goal Secondly, schizophrenia and the effect of drugs upon it is poorly represented. Scizophrenia is not a one-shot-kill-a-bunch-of-people-then-take-your-drugs-and-be-OK kind of a disease. If you would like to find out what Jacquelyn Mitchard knows about the Mormon faith and schizophrenia, read it!