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Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    This fast-paced literary thriller pulled me in from the start. T

    This fast-paced literary thriller pulled me in from the start. The storyline is intriguing and ingenious. As a dangerous past encroaches on a bucolic campus, the tension here isn't just that of a routine thriller. This novel is about truth-telling and lies in both life and fiction. Larger issues of honesty, integrity and ambition in the literary world--and by extension in life--resonant throughout a well drawn, fast-paced story. Not an easy accomplishment to weave a good plot with deeper themes:I would recommend this book highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    I read about this novel in Entertainment Weekly and had my doubt

    I read about this novel in Entertainment Weekly and had my doubts, but...it was one of those rainy nights in New York and I picked it up and I didn't put it down again. I've never done that! But this book just drew me in and in and in until I gave over to it completely. Maybe you will as well. I'm recommending this book to all of my friends and family. But don't take my word for it. REad it for yourselves. 

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    I didn't really feel much of anything after I finished this nove

    I didn't really feel much of anything after I finished this novel. Not happy, or sad, or anger, or despair, or excitement, or resentment. Even as I was reading ANTONIA LIVELY BREAKS THE SILENCE, my only desire was to set this book aside and move on to the next one.

    Instead of aiming to be either literary fiction or a mystery, this novel tried to combine elements of both, and the glue never quite seemed to gel. The novel might have been better served if it stepped back a bit and got out of its own way. Because there's no question David Samuel Levinson has talent, and there's no question he's got a great career ahead of him, but I don't think this is the book that is going to lead him to the Promised Land.

    To be fair, it's not a bad book, but none of the characters really resonated with me. Pretty much all of the characters end up being unlikeable, their faults leaving more permanent marks than their assets. The story had me a bit lost at times, like I'd been jarred from the merry-go-round, and I was left staring up at the clouds from the flat of my back. And when it was all said and done, I was left feeling a bit helpless, more than a little lost, and more than a little hopeful that I'll connect with my next read a bit more than I did this one.

    I received this book for free through NetGalley.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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