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Posted July 13, 2010
A Bit Disappointing
I do not want to give away any spoilers, but I was really disappointed throughout the book. It was odd, because it was a quick read and I looked forward to reading it - but I think it was because I kept hoping that it would get better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book has all of the components that would make it a great story, but it falls short on so many levels. There were character's who popped up throughout the story without introduction, and then they were never mentioned again. I was expecting so much more from the Wildgoose clan. There was so much potential to develop them into the off-beat characters the introduction made them out to be. I was also extremely disappointed with the character of Gina. The author never really dug as deeply she could have with the relationship between Gina and Alice. This should have been a larger part of the novel.
As Alice grows and matures throughout the novel it seems as if there are a lot of things the author skims over. I found myself re-reading various parts to see if I had missed something, realizing that it was never entirely explained. The relationship between Mark and Alice is odd too. It seems that the author is trying to indicate that he is gay and then one simple stopping at a gay pub is all it took to confirm that he is indeed straight. This is a bit ridiculous. Prior to that their first encounter on the couch seemed to be somewhat age appropriate, but the aftermath seems that it should have been much more traumatizing and played a much larger role in developing Alice and who she becomes.
I was also disappointed by the ending of the book. It's as if Gina was an entirely different person and the idea that she would agree to the triple wedding is ridiculous. She's described throughout the book as a schizophrenic and the idea that she could have a wedding with her husband and daughter without making a scene is crazy. This is not a woman who seems to be able to make any rational decisions. The kindness she shows at the end doesn't make any sense in comparison to who she has been.
Again, I'm just disappointed with the novel and in all regards I would not recommend this book to others. It was nothing at all like the synopsis read. It was a book that had so much potential, but yet lacked in so many key areas.