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Review Date: 5/7/2010
I idid not care for this book. I very rarely give up on a book but after 123 pages I just couldn't care less. I didn't even care enough to skip to the end to find out how the story ended. Camilla was one dimensional and self absorbed. Not very likable at all. Salome was more interesting and likable but I felt her character was idolized. I did not care for how the author presented the story chronologically. It was hard to follow and confusing.
I was amazed since this book was so well reviewed. It was a book club selection. I was embarrassed to go to the meeting and admit I could not finish the book. I was not alone -- out of 8 people, only 2 finished the book.
Review Date: 10/1/2010
Helpful Score: 1
I was intrigued the hype around this book. Seems readers fall into two camps -- those who love it and those who don't care for it at all. I'm in the loving it camp.
This is as much a story about marriage as it is a mystery. There's a lot going on in this book. It takes a lot of twists and turns. There are really three (maybe four, actually...), stories within this story. The author is very imaginative though and does a great job of keeping you guessing while pulling it altogether nicely at the end. It was a very enjoyable read.
Review Date: 7/21/2010
A very though provoking book. I found it to be a bit slow in spots but overall very engrossing -- especially the last 100 pages or so.
Review Date: 4/6/2010
While I think the author did a great job of evoking sense of time and place, I think the story itself lacked believability in some places. I did not enjoy the fact that the Mrs. Ross sections were written in the first person. It almost always made me stop to wonder who was narrating. I had looked forward to reading this book but in the end was left a bit disappointed.
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