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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.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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