Dramatic and compelling
Women’s fiction is not a favorite genre of mine because it tends to be overly emotional and dramatic. But I read this book for book club and it wasn’t bad. The characters were well-developed with distinctive traits. The author managed to keep a sense of humor while dealing with complex emotions and the family mysteries were compelling. There were times where the story seemed to stagnate and the characters lost my sympathy, but with all the drama, there’s plenty of material for discussion.
“Family life…had its own familiar rhythms, and it was perfectly possible to keep on dancing like you always have, even when your mind is somewhere else” (p. 55).
“All murder victims looked exactly like murder victims: beautiful, innocent and doomed, as if it were preordained” (p. 166).
“Death is too high a price for freedom” ( p. 204).
spruik: address a meeting (Australian)
abseil: to rope down or rappel