This novel beautifully juxtaposes deception with redemption, and makes you question whether or not it's truly acceptable to lie in order correct the wrongs you've done in the past. The theme is similar to that of _The Kite Runner_, but this main character chooses a redemption attempt over the course of a lifetime.
You'll have to decide for yourself if he is successful or if the end of the book is a suitable ending, but you'll be pleasantly drawn in with Hoffman's writing and haunting imagery. Worth the read.
Mystery, love, deceipt. This book has it all. Set in a small town, this story of one mans past is a page turner. Once you start reading, you're hooked.
What happens when the town hero's secrets are made public? A wife and child are left to ponder the nuances of betrayal and love. Every character is impacted once the arrest of Ethan is occurs in a small town, and each reels from the knowledge in unique ways. The characters in this book are full and rich and leave the reader with many questions to ponder once the last page is read. An easy read that sticks with you.
A very good story, lots of powerful imagery.
Engaging..The characters and their plight are pure Hoffman. Her command of imagery sets you down in the center of the bizarre.
Full of suspense, but better character development than most "suspense" novesl.
This was a good read and a quick one. Carried it around with me until I finished because it's one of those books that you want to know how it ends. Great story about love and friendships in life!
Very well written. I love a book that contains details so specific you actually feel like you're a part of the plot instead of just a reader.
Compelling story as Alice Hoffman spins a great tale
My first by this author and I am HOOKED. It's suspenseful - hard to put down!
light read and good story
Great book, beautifully written.
This was a great read. Compelling and complex.
really loved this book...one of those "stay up late to read" books
Interesting novel. It made me ask what is justice and whether rehabilitation or punishment is more important.
My book club read this as one of our monthly selections and we all enjoyed it. More importantly, the book prompted some lively discussions. I recommend it.
well written, keeps you interested all the way to the end. Good take on the psychology behind relationships
Absolutely loved this book!!
From book jacket: "When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that for for than thirteen years he has been running from his real identity.. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike."
How well do you really know the people in your life? What would you do if it turned out someone you loved had a past you knew nothing about? In Blue Diary, Hoffman answers those questions in the story about Ethan Ford. I found the novel interesting, with good character development...from the beginning I was drawn into the story, yet could feel there was something else lurking underneath. I would recommend this book.
This book makes you wonder how well you really know a person. Great read. Love Alice Hoffman, she never writes a disappointing book!
This one I really enjoyed. I would recommend it.
An entertaining story. 2 corners are a little folded but the book is in otherwise good condition.