by Kate Christensen
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Trouble 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LaurieA More than 1 year ago
I loved every part of this book. It was rich on so many levels. I felt like the characters could have been my friends. And the character development really advanced the plot well, instead of veering away from it. Every chapter divulged a pleasant surprise, a new treasure for the reader. This is the first Kate Christensen book, and I will definitely read more.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I had preconceived notions about this book when I glanced at the reviews and ranking, but Kate Christensen is one of my favorite authors and deep down I knew that this was a special book no matter what anyone else thought of it. Trouble is different than her other works, for a change the main character is a woman, so the writing felt much softer, it was properly rounded and followed female insecurities and cravings , making this feel like a completely different work than one would expect from the queen of bringing eccentric men to life in her previous novels. I love that about Kate's book, you never know what to expect, other than a sheer feeling of joy when I hold each of the new books for the very first time. On top of the fact than it's an intense and full bodied tale, the sticky and sweet, sweaty at times atmosphere of Mexico made me hold my breath a few times. The story seems simple from the birds point of view, but when dissected more closely it's about two very different women and their way to find a happy place that either makes them feel alive or relieves them from their pain. The books is not one dimensional, it deals with the search of fulfilling some deeply buried lust and also with female friendships which can be as bizarre, draining and difficult as a marriage or a family situation. There is an art theme running though the novel and the usual good eating of spicy new foods and drinks, which give the novel life and authenticity, the luxurious charm of Kate's hidden little gems shines through in vivid and charismatic way as she sneaks in brilliant descriptions that make the reader go back and re-read many of the great lines. Josie who's a forty something NYC therapist decides to do what's right after fifteen years of marriage and focuses on her own selfish needs, her inner woman finally unleashed is faced with a two week vacation and what better way to escape the cold Christmas saturated streets than to a lush and tropical Mexico where Raquel, one of her best friends awaits. Free of men, kids and work worries, the two very different women let go and submerge themselves into a different world, one that holds release, pleasure but also darkness. I didn't feel the need to completely relate to Josie, Raquel or the third of the close knit group, Indrani, in order to like the book, in fact the way their lives seem to fall apart in front of my eyes was more like watching a play that was both tragic and sensual. This might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. The heavy drinking gave the book such opulence, such a high pedestal for the women to fall from that it would make most of us think twice about overindulgence which only seemed to lead to more depression or unusual behavior from someone who appears grounded, making Josie very human and vulnerable, bit tough and little selfish but with child like curiosity inside that added warmth to the all ready steamy novel. I was lost in this book for two days and after finishing it I still feel tangled in its aura, now I must patiently wait for the next book, which from what I read online is in the works. - Kasia S.
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BeachReaderMom23 More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to any negative reviews! This is Kates BEST novel so far! I have read all her books, and the characters seemed to jump off the pages in this book. There is a special bond with all three main female characters, and the new found friendships with those they meet in Mexico. Though the language is a little graphic for my taste, the storyline, her characters discriptions and their heartfelt everyday lives and troubles is what makes this book a GREAT read! Its heartwarming the way the friends pull together. Even when they are fighting, they are still supportive of one another. Josie's distant or troubling relationship with her daughter, and the way they seem to work thru that and seem closer than ever in the end. Its a story how two best friends are there for each other when they need each other the most! How can that be a bad book? Its a very touching and moving story! We should all be so lucky to have friends like that, that would support us in this way. Rachel's life is tragic and she needs Josie's support and groundedness to get thru the scrunity of being in the publics eye... The ending left me wishing for more!!!...and thinking what is in store for the characters. I just wanted more to read!!! Keep up the great novels kate!!
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elleb17 More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Kate Christensen's books. Trouble starts and seems to be going to an interesting place but does not deliver. The characters are never developed the relationships are not interesting with overemphasis on the visual. very disappointing.