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Posted September 8, 2011
Skillful narrative; surprisingly unsympathetic subject
As a woman, I found myself slightly horrified at my reaction to this tragic story. The writing is an excellent blend of storytelling narrative and character analysis, but I failed to develop sympathy for the victim. I approached the book with full empathy for the victim; someone who abandoned a life of success and acclaim for the pastoral solitude of the dunes. Yet as I read, I couldn't escape the feeling that she was a privileged, entitled and, to my surprise, promiscuous woman whose behavior consistently put her in harm's way. (In her defense, I am a repressed prude and the least fair advocate for unconventional sexual mores.) She certainly did not "deserve" a violent death, but my compassion was progressively eroded as I read about her life and her choices. I don't know if this is more about my response, or about the author's portrayal. After all, should the author be responsible for making her someone to root for, or just for presenting an objective view of true events?
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Posted September 3, 2003
Whose story is this?
A novelist writes a crime documentary. Hmm. Something is wrong here. Too much fluff and opinion and way too much about herself. Those of us who read true crime stories have to get through the needless prose to get to the investigation. It is, however, an interesting book despite these flaws. Flook had best stick to writing novels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2003
Although the author weaves fact and fiction into an interesting tale, she does so in a manner which quite often feels to be more fiction than fact. She describes to the reader what Christa Worthington, the victim is feeling and thinking as she interacts with lovers and when she is with her 2 year old daughter, Ava. The author would have no knowledge of such feelings or thoughts, yet writes as though they are fact. I found the author's writing style to be rather crass - as an example, when refering to Mr. Worthington's girlfriend, she called her his 'shack job'. She also went into too much detail regarding her personal and professional relationship with District Attorney, Michael O'Keefe. I found myself wishing she would write less about herself and Mr. O'Keefe (where they went, what they wore, how he smelled) and more about the murder and its investigation. Her book could easily have been titled Invisible Eden and My Adventures with Michael O'Keefe.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.