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Town That Forgot How to Breathe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    Good try but, wow, what a letdown.

    Reading the back cover and first chapter of this book in the store, I was immediately drawn in and excited to continue reading. However, the more I read, the more disappointed I became. This book has moments of genius, but in the end, I was left dissatisfied. Harvey wonderfully creates the aged seaside community of Bareneed and sets up imaginative plots. The problem is that there are too many plots and they don¿t fit together quite right. While surveying a number of themes, he doesn¿t do justice to any. The back of the book promised an eerie, haunting, poetic, and funny story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Unfortunately, the only thing I was kept on the edge of was consciousness, as I often found myself falling asleep while forcing myself through the middle three hundred pages. Good try but, wow, what a letdown.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    Thumbs up! Good mystery, bizarre and creepy, but not too scary.

    Thumbs up! Good mystery, bizarre and creepy, but not too scary.

    What I liked: The opening character, Miss Laracy, grabbed me. Her colorful dialect pulled me in and I had to read on to get to know her better.

    Story line was very interesting. It had mystery, with a touch of bizarre and creepy (supernatural), but not too scary. Perfect combination.

    Pace was great. One part was so heart-pounding that I feared for what Joseph might do and inside I was yelling, “No, don’t do it!”

    The characters were colorful and really brought life to the fishing village of Bareneed. From the whispy and tragic Claudia to the straight-laced Lieutenant-Commander French, to the plump Dr. Thompson – I really enjoyed the characters.

    What I didn’t like: Nothing really --it was a satisfying read, but....if you forced me to “find” something, I might have two little things.
    1. The dog – not sure what the dog meant to the story unless it was just for bizarre effect.
    2. The ending outcome of the bizarre events/sickness (can’t spoil it for you). Not sure it completely works out in my head.

    Overall: Really enjoyed the book and I’ll be looking to read his other books.

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