I had a difficult time with this book. I did not feel like it was as good as some of the other books I’ve read from Jennifer McMahon. I loved The Winter People and The Night Sister, but I really felt like this book fell short. The characters didn’t grab my attention and the storyline was a bit dull. I enjoyed the idea of the story (without giving too much away), I just didn’t become immersed in it like I have in her other novels. I wouldn’t say this read is bad, per say, just that it’s completely different from Jennifer McMahon’s style. It’s definitely a different read and one I wasn’t quite expecting as a fan.
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About the Author:
I was born in 1968 and grew up in my grandmother’s house in suburban Connecticut, where I was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. I wrote my first short story in third grade. I graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and I decided to take some time to think about whether I wanted to write poetry or fiction. After bouncing around the country, I wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water, or phone with my partner, Drea, while we built our own house. Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness — I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. In 2004, I gave birth to our daughter, Zella. These days, we’re living in an old Victorian in Montpelier, Vermont. Some neighbors think it looks like the Addams family house, which brings me immense pleasure.
P.S. Here goes my little disclaimer…
Thanks goes to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.