Some of the writing in this book shows that the author may have a good story inside of her yet, but this particular book isn’t it.
Nora Hamilton, 35, wakes up one morning to find out her husband hasn’t woken her up AND he hasn’t made her coffee! Oh, and incidentally he killed himself the night before. No, it wasn’t because he was tired of waiting on his wife, but the real reason (which we don’t discover until the end) wasn’t a much better explanation.
After Nora’s gruesome discovery, the rest of the book consists of her efforts to find out what drove her husband Brendan to kill himself. Maybe it was his creepy and evil mother, who seems to have escaped from a Grade D horror movie. Or maybe it was his fellow police officers, most of whom obviously spent their previous life in Hitler’s S.S. Or maybe it was because Nora was married to this guy, but obviously knew absolutely nothing about him or his family or his past or his present. (This could be because Nora is totally self-absorbed, or because she is totally clueless. Both are true.)
In short, most of the plot is just nonsensical. Some of the characters are inconsistent, if not schizophrenic (presumably at least in a few cases so we can be mislead by red herrings). Others, like the main protagonists are pretty much unknowns. Why should we care about them? How can we judge the bizarre things they do to be believable if we don’t know who these people really are and what might motivate them?
Discussion: So, you may be asking, why did I keep reading this book? Well, there were a couple of reasons. One is that I really wanted to like it and thought that if I just reading, it would get better. (We might label this The Red Wine Principle – i.e., sometimes if you let a wine breathe, or aerate, the flavor improves.) The second reason is that some parts showed promise. (This would be the You Go Girl Principle – rooting for the just-starting-out author!)
Published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, 2013