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At the Water's Edge based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I give this 3 stars only because the author paints a believable and thought-provoking picture of physical abuse. Without being graphic or vulgar, she illustrates well the way abusive men show enough charm and loyalty to confuse and control their victims. However, the characters are underdeveloped. For example, Annela, a college-educated young woman in Finland, loses her intern position at Nokia due to the economy. She takes a low-paying job in the interim. But nothing is ever said about whether she even wants to re-enter her field of training, whatever it is. Most of the story is formula romance, with lots of misunderstanding and lack of communication, even among the non-abusive characters. It is the usual game-playing. And even though Annela isn't hasty in her decisions, she doesn't think through many other options, either. A huge hole in the story is that readers never learn if Annela speaks English, even after an American enters the scene. If this were just another light fairy-tale romance, it would be OK. But for a book that attempts to send an important social message about avoiding abuse, it misses one crucial point: Relationships need time to develop.