This book seemed intriguing enough that I thought it would help pull me right out of that slump. I’ve actually had it sitting on my shelf for years because I thought it was going to be really scary so I always avoided it. Then my friend said she would read it too so I thought okay good I’ll have someone to talk about it with and that will help if it is creepy. In the end I was glad I had someone to talk to about how much we hated this book.
The reviews on this book, and the fact that it has won awards, are enough to convince you that you are about to pick up a masterpiece. I am so incredibly convinced though that those people who enjoyed it read a different book than I did. There is a review on the back of the book that says something about the readers “getting lost in the dark woods.” To which I say, the reason we got lost in the woods is because we couldn’t find the plot.
This book has great character development. There is history, deep-seeded darkness, and life to the characters there’s no doubt. That’s all there is though. As far as the plot goes each chapter is the same exact thing worded slightly differently just to make you think you’re getting somewhere when really nothing is actually happening. In fact, you could read the beginning and the end only without actually missing anything.
The end was so wholly unsatisfying that I was left wondering if the sequel to this book was actually going to focus on loose ends she didn’t tie up. I wasn’t about to read it but I spent two weeks thinking I was going to get answers to a huge plot-line and I didn’t so I was at least going to read spoilers online to find out. Turns out, the sequel doesn’t answer any questions either. Color me surprised.
There are a lot of people that really enjoyed this book it seems so maybe it’s one you have to try for yourself. There was a lot of potential with this book and the basic summary of it really would have been good if the book played out the way the summary makes it seem. Instead I felt like the author was just wasting time trying to outsmart you and then laugh at you when you didn’t “figure it out”. There’s obviously something about it that people seem to love but I couldn’t find it. I tried, I kept thinking there was going to be a big pay off, but instead I was just let down page after page.