Certainly not the ending I expected. Bankston, certainly a good background character and not much was said about him throughout the book. Thus, an ideal character to be the murderer. I don't know if it was said, but I guess Melanie set up the whole purse thing to distract from her, or maybe it was a mistake.
The clues were being a little too easy to find throughout; leading someone to believe the murderer or murderers wanted to get caught. Gathering the ending, I guess there mistake was impatience and having the victims be so close to home.
Poor little Phillip. I would have wanted what Aurora did, that he faint through the whole experience. Such a little man, and funny what he said when waking in the hospital.
I am a little disappointed that there wasn't a decision as to who Aurora would wind up with.
I don't really have much to add.
So, do you think you would recommend it to someone? It was an easy read and I love the way the author described the characters to the point that you could get a picture of them in your head. The book was a little slow moving for me but it did pick up in the last chapter and I guess as a writer, that is what gets people to remember you.
Turned out Melanie and Bankston were two sick people. Just before the author showed us who the culprits were, you began to know that it had to be two people. Didn't take much thinking to figure out who it was, maybe too easy. And you're right, she never did say anything about the purse so you kinda have to go on the guessing game as to why they put it in Melanie's car. It put her off everybody's radar right from the get-go. Have to say I think that Roe's father was a pretty selfish person to have continued to ask her to babysit for her brother after all she'd been through. Kinda made me 'know' that something was going to happen to Phillip when she ok'd doing it. He sure was a tough little guy, wasn't he?
In retrospect, I think that, because it is a short book and one that should be read right along, I wouldn't recommend this type of book as a choice for the book club again. Since there are more books in the series, I am sure the follow-up on Roe's personal life is handled in the future. For a book club, I think we should stick to books that have a beginning and an end in one book, don't you agree? I probably will continue with the series now that I have met the characters, see what follows. It's like a soap opera, left me wondering what's going to happen to them next.
Another suggestion might be to wait until after all the holidays to begin next year. What do you think? It was hard for me to find the time and energy to read, I kept falling asleep, . Not that the book was boring, because I don't think it was. Heck, it was one of the lightest reads I've ever had, little thinking involved.
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Jan 14, 2011 8:38:57 GMT -5
Well; I can honestly say I didn't "suspect" Melanie and Bankston..... I had to return the book but...... I don't recall ever hearing or finding out the "why" they did it. Those 2 were sickos though!
I'm not sure how I feel about the book....... the story line was; I don't know, missing some "beef" to it or something and at times it was like I was reading the writings of a teenager and I agree with you Antoinette; it was a bit slow.....
I doubt I'd recommend it though the copy I had was very well used (read) ... Probably all librarians that read it! ;D
Anyway; Sue .... you're right on beginnings and endings and after the holidays.....
I agree on sticking to the beginning and ending. Oh well, that is what a book club is for, to discover.
You are right, I don't remember anything being written as to the "why", except for their own sick entertainment. I thought Aurora mentioned that she thought that she was writing her own book, or the murderers were...I don't remember.
I agree on after the holidays, but I remembered someone saying that they didn't think they could take it out again. Please don't hesitate to mention anything that helps with easier time lines.
at all librarians reading it. I wonder it they read all the new interesting ones that come in?
You are right, Sue, we kinda knew it wasn't over with Benjamin's confession and Peter arriving. And yes, I felt very sorry for Aurora and her father's lack of caring or sensitivity.
The only John Saul I recall as an author was one who wrote books I read a 'hundred' years ago, during my Stephen King days, and he wrote horror. Now I know that Blossom doesn't like horror, so maybe one of you can give me a hint as to what this Saul's genre is? Thanks, just curious what I might be reading next!
Then I am certainly surprised that you would read Saul, Blossom. I all in for it. Haven't read a good book in that style in a while.
Personally, I liked most of King's older books, the craziness of them. The Stand was one of my favorites, and I even like the movie series they made out of it. What I didn't like about King's books, and why I switched from him to Dean Koontz, was because I had to skip over half of the book because of the language. I'm no prud, but it seemed like King liked to shock readers with foul language. Koontz can give you the same thrill without hurting your eyes and mind.