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Posted December 17, 2011
I found it entertaining. Not in the same sense as the last review I did (you know, Cold Paradise? Yeah. Not quite that entertaining.). That's not to be taken badly, though. Just because it didn't have sex and secret romantic pasts that were all jumbled together into the confusing present doesn't make it any less entertaining. Honestly, I went into this thinking it was going to be a trashy romance novel. It's easy to see my mistake. If you really look at the romance section of any bookstore, you'll notice that the very small/thin novels are the "Harlequin romance novels." Not coincidentally (that's in fact why they are called as much), they are published by Harlequin. But, yes, they are also referred to as that because of the connotation of what it means to be a harlequin. Anyway, that was my first thought. Although this one was not published by Harlequin. Then, not all of them are. So, when I opened it up and began reading, imagine my surprise when I finished the book in just a few hours not having one single romantic scene between any of the characters. I had to stop and really think about what I had read because it was so simple that I really just breezed right through it. Here's what I came up with: It's really just a murder mystery (of sorts). The thing is, you're given the "who" from the beginning. As much as the book tries to hide it, you--as the reader--know "who" did it. And I'm just going to say it so there's no confusion. It was Angel. All the evidence points to her from the get-go. Even when loops are thrown in, you still know. It was Angel. So the real mystery now is why--and I guess there's a how in there somewhere although I'm not quite solid on that one. My point is: you have the who, you just have to learn why. It all takes place over the course of a weekend. Don't get me wrong. The book tries hard to keep you in suspense, but it's just not enough. Without the mystery of who it is, I didn't completely enjoy reading about why it was done. Besides, a few chapters in, you sort of know why Angel did it anyway. It's sort of like something you would see in one episode of CSI or something. Yes. One episode. The book really is that short. There's a pretty energizing scene near the end where they're trying to find Angel and Fay (the leading lady--or "old gal" as she annoyingly refers to herself every five stinking minutes) has been framed by Angel to look like she's committed the murder. I guess that's the author's take on dramatic irony. Not as enthralling as I would have liked, but it worked. Not the point. Lee tried to make me want to connect to the characters. Or at least to Fay. The problem was, I knew that's what she wanted. She was pushing too hard to get me to have some sort of feeling for Fay. Sympathy? Compassion? Companionship? I have no clue, but she wanted something out of me and she wasn't getting it. I don't like to hand over my feelings for a literary character that easily. For me, it has to be earned and unknowing. Then again the story was so short and everything happened so fast that I don't think there would have been time to get to know the characters even if I wanted to. But I didn't, and that's the sad part.
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