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Posted November 12, 2009
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I've read some of Kauffman's other books and I had always thought of her as one of my favorites. I'm not sure if the year or two its been since I've read any of her work, my preferences changing, or if it's just her newer work - but this book was HORRIBLE!! I'm one of those people that just has to finish it no matter how bad it is, even if it's just to hope that maybe the ending will somehow make up for the rest of the drivel. I almost couldn't do it this time, but now I wish I had quit reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
ALL of the characters inner dialogue is redundant and repetitive. I literally skipped 2&3 pages at a time. The characters' IQs must be below a sloth's (sorry for insulting the sloth), because Kauffman's attempt at mystery could of been solved by one! There was absolutely no build up to what was suppose to be (I'm assuming) a suspenseful/dramatic conclusion. Just bam! Meet the bad guys, then the idiot heroes reunite, but let the bad guys catch them while they are wasting time going over the whole plot instead of escaping. Two seconds later the good guys win. The romance part of the book was lukewarm at best and mushy love sickening at worst. The main characters knew they were in love within 24hrs of meeting each other. Without having to overcome some obstacle or journey to get there emotionally, I was left feeling cheated and not at all invested in their relationship.
This book felt like some publisher told Kauffman, "Book has to be so many pages long, and you only have one week to write it. I don't care what you put in between." I'm not sure who is to blame more.Kauffman for writing it, an editor giving it the okay, or the publishers for allowing it to be printed.