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The Arrivals: A Novel

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    The characters needed more depth.

    Review by Kate: I was very interested to read this story, as our three girls have just recently left for college¿what do I have to look forward to? While the premise of this story is a good one, and at first I loved it, I found that the author tried to tell too many stories at one time, and didn¿t allow the reader a chance to really feel anything for any of the characters. This story should have been a character driven plot, as the action of the plot was almost non-existent. There were several different things happening to many different people, but the story didn¿t give any character a real chance to tell their story.

    Most of the characters, as mentioned, didn¿t really have a chance to be fleshed out. The parents were non-intrusive as to why their eldest daughter shows up with her two small children and parks on the den¿s sofa. The three-year-old Olivia sounded more like a seven-year-old with her speech patterns, and the only time she really acted like a three-year-old is when she went off to pout. The mother felt threatened by her son¿s wife, and didn¿t know how to handle her, so was constantly criticizing, which seemed a bit out of character. You wonder why the priest was still a priest. The only character that I had any real feelings for was Rachel, the youngest child, who was 29 years old and feeling like a failure.

    The author¿s style was also a little choppy as well. While reading the story, it was sometimes hard to distinguish between that was going on at the moment and what was flashback. The author tried to give the back story in the middle of a conversation (several times) and that affected the flow of the conversation. It seemed that the author was more into the flow of the story near the end, but then it was time to wrap it all up rather quickly and get all of the children out of the house at the same time. I didn¿t really get the sense of ¿the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility¿ ¿ they just stumbled upon resolutions quickly and off the kids went and the parents were left with a quiet, and clean, home once again.

    The Arrivals was an adequate read with no real depth of character, a small plot and choppy storytelling. I wouldn¿t be able to recommend it to any group of readers. There is no one strong element of the story that would make it perfect for any one group. There was no romance in it, just problem after problem, and then a quick resolution. Is it telling that the book has the year 2008 in it, but was not published until 2011?

    Favorite Quote: "It¿s not that he cheated, but that he thought of a life without me."

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