I really enjoyed the writing style, got into the book by the first page, but was somewhat disappointed by the ending. I seem to remember feeling the same way about Buffalo Soldier but not about Midwives. Definitely thought provoking and worth reading. A good book club discussion book.
This book is fast-paced and somewhat haunting! It deals with a lawyer, a homeopath, and a tragic death. While starting out as a simple story on holistic medicine it grows into a reflection on life's choices and personal growth. The history and practice of homeopathy provides an interesting backdrop to this story. I bought this book just on a "whim" at a bargain bookstore and I am glad that I did!!
This is the third of Mr. Bohjalian's books that I have read. This is his typical style of setting up a situation that doesn't have an easy way out. I liked this book, but felt it was a little weak in two areas. First I felt as if the dialogue of the daughter was beyond the age she was suppose to be. A small thing, but that always bothers me. The second was that I had a hard time understanding why Leland would make some of the decisions that he did. All that said, Mr. Bohjalian's books always make me wonder what I would do in that situation and I'm always glad that I read them.
Prosecutor Leyland Fowler is raising his young daughter alone after the death of his wife. He becomes involved with the local homeopath and after a tragic death, he finds himself facing many legal and moral choices. I thought this book was very well written and I enjoyed it. I especially loved the relationship between Leyland and his daughter.
I really wanted to like this book. I loved Midwives, and I had high hopes for this one being just as good. However, I had a hard time liking the main characters - I found both Leland and Carissa to be unethical and immoral, and just not all that compelling. The one relationship I did really like was that between Leland and his daughter. However, I just wasn't really able to root for Leland and Carissa in their dilemma. As a consequence, I really didn't enjoy this book all that much.
This book was so irritating to me and I couldn't wait to finish it. The writing was absolutely excellent, the ingredients (plot, characters, background and setting) were all there. Immersive! (Is that a word?) But I got SO irritated by the main character, Leland. Some of the foreshadowing probably contributed to that because that set up a disaster waiting to happen that really never did happen. Paraphrasing..."the beginning of the end." It should have been a fascinating read and in most ways it was. I was left anxious and unsatisfied though. Not a response I'm usually looking for. The book will stay with me, for sure.
I am on a totally different wavelength from the other reviewers on this one! I found it to be extremely slow-moving, especially the first 1/4 or so of the book. It's rare that I give up on a book that's been recommended, but on this one I almost quit reading many times. I found the main character to be just too silly to believe. It was difficult to slog through, and I will not be seeking out any of this author's other books.
I favor Bohjalian first because he is a fellow Armenian and I'm all about supporting my culture (since its not that widely known). Secondly, I love how in both this book and "Double Bind" he incorporates thorough knowledge of the subject matter being discussed. You are not only reading a plot but learning about a specific topic, illness, occupation etc. Its refreshing to see an author who goes outside his own imagination and creativity. As far as plot, this book seemed slow at times (in comparision to Double Bind and I felt like I kept waiting for a twist that never came. At the same time, it was very informative about the history of homeopathy.
A fascinating look into holistic medicine, by one of my favorite authors. But this story was a little flawed by the obsession of the main character with finding the perfect (sexual) partner. A little off-putting in an otherwise good novel.
Good book. I wouldn't know what category to put it under, but I guess if you like suspense, sticky situations and bear any interest in homeopathy, you'll like this book. I read Bohjalian's Midwives, and I wouldn't say I liked it AS much, but it definately held my interst.
Leland is a lawyer and Carissa is a homeopath. Leland and Carissa start to date and become lovers. One of Carissa's patients lapses into a coma after eating cashews that he is allergic to. Leland's lawyer firm starts to investigate the case, and Leland has to lie to show that he is not involved. When Carissa feels that she can no longer trust Leland, she leaves town and never comes back. Leland is forced to be alone yet again because his wife died over two years ago, leaving him to raise his daughter by himself. I didn't feel that the book ended the way that it should. I think that Leland and Carissa should have ended up together. Leland goes to Paris to try to find her but doesn't. I wish the book would have had them meeting in Paris and then have their lives start together from there. It was a very good book but I would change the ending if I could.
Good writer- if you like his other work, you will like this. Very specific style. I though this book was a little slow so I didn't read it all.. but would still recommend it if you haven't tried his writing.
I've loved several of Bohjalian's books but not this one! The main character is completely unbelievable. He's supposed to be a respected, mature lawyer but behaves like a lovesick horny teenager. Falling in love with a woman in a matter of days and risking his career made absolutely no sense at all. I was disgusted with this character all the way through. I did read to the end only because I hoped for some kind of redemption, but it never came. Don't waste your time. This book is not worthy of his talent. Bohjalian's Skeletons at the Feast and Sandcastle Girls are excellent. Check them out.