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Posted October 5, 2010
This book starts kind of slow and if it wasn't for the secret I'm not sure I would have continued to read it. It was a little confusing also, for a minute I wasn't sure if it was their mother who was abusing them(physically) or the boyfriend.
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Posted December 3, 2009
not as good as I'd hoped
Lila Cole breaks down when her twin brother Billy kills himself after his wife throws him out and he can't see his kids. Lila and Billy have always been extremely close but as she tries to deal with his death and answer questions about her childhood, Lila realizes she can't tell the difference between her memories and Billy's stories. Lisa's therapist, husband and her sister-in-law all try to help give Lisa the answers to her questions. Lisa needs to solve the mystery of her childhood if she hopes to help her brother's children- before it is too late.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really wanted to like this book; I greatly enjoyed Once Upon a Day by this author. But I felt that Tucker tried to pack too much drama into this novel. Despite some of the horrifying events, I also felt that she wrapped things up way too neatly and too easily. While there was still interesting plot twists, I think I would have liked it to either be pared down for size of book or made a little longer to make it more in depth.
my rating 3/5
Posted October 1, 2009
Heartbreaking Truth About Abuse
Child abuse is always a difficult subject to wrap one's head around. It's uncomfortable and emotional and not short of infuriating yet Tucker has skillfully navigated her way through those issues to build a story that handles each delicately. She's crafted a story that is both thought provoking and suspenseful; one which the reader is not quite able to pinpoint what has actually happened until the very bitter end when the pieces of the puzzle are more closely locking together. While not the darkest it could be elements of The Promised World would certainly not e described as chipper or fluffy either. Tackling the subjects of suicide, abuse, and depression was something Tucker did deftly and with great sensitivity. She took the reader through the intricacies of the mind and allowed us to feel that angst and pain without sending us into the depths of despair ourselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Told through multiple points of view (Billy, Patrick, Lila, Billy's wife and children) it took me some time to get used to the voices jumping around from chapter to chapter. But once I did I enjoyed that we got a more rounded view of the story. I liked being able to see the events from the eyes of the most important people, I enjoyed hearing the perspective of the people involved as compared to being told assumptions about those same scenarios from other characters watching it happen.
About the only element I struggled with initially was Lila's seemingly unnatural attachment to Billy and subsequent disassociation from many other facets of her life and relationships. I found that at times it made her feel quite robotic, emotionless and cold. This is best exemplified by her interactions with her husband Patrick whom (early on) I didn't get the feeling that she loved very much. This, I know was by design, but until certain elements of the plot played out towards the end I didn't get the feeling she felt much more for him than companionship. He seemed to be more of a placeholder, or a means to an end, until she was able to be with Billy again. This characterization didn't ruin the story for me but I wish I felt some small traces of that love it turns out she had for her husband a bit earlier in the story.
Having said that I found this a well written and intriguing book that kept me on my toes throughout. I enjoyed the detailed viewpoints and portrayal of emotional upheaval a tragedy like this would inevitably create on the people in the lives of a love one lost. Furthermore, I was consistently interested in where the story was going and was truly rooting for Lila to come out of her depression healthy and happy.
Posted December 31, 2012
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Posted September 16, 2012
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