This book infuriated and baffled me. Every flaw, every bit of nastiness I have ever griped about in other book seep through the pages of
novel. The unlikeable characters, the
predictable plot, the inconsistencies in the antagonist’s actions, bad dialogue, rush to an unacceptable ending – all there to
make me mad and slam the book shut by page 25. By the way, page 25 is where I
decided that Sarah was not going to
change and I would just have to cope with that.. Even the photo of the smirking
writer annoyed, staring out at me and daring me to criticize. Well, criticize I will, but despite it all, I
sort of liked the book. (Why aren't the title words capitalized? Just one of vexing decisions by the writer and her editor).
This is my book group’s pick for
April and we will certainly have a lot to discuss,
beginning with Sarah. Basically, this is a kidnapping story. Sarah
sees a mother mistreating her daughter in an airport. Months later, the
beautiful, successful, young business woman spots the child again ...by
chance. She stalks the girl, and
eventually lures her into the woods where she kidnaps her. The amazingly articulate 5-year-old enjoys
her new abducted life, and the pair spend their days avoiding capture For two
nights, they even enjoy the company of a man they picked up in the park. Good grief, this has HOT MESS written all
over, doesn’t it?
I have been trying to figure out why, in the end, I liked this book (sort of). The beginning and end chapters are miserable; the middle moves along quickly.
Sarah’s irresponsibility, lack
of foresight and conscience intrigued so I went along for the ride. I celebrated
each time I got to declare “I told you so”.
The book swept me back to my days when I was drawn to the “Halloween”
and Friday the 13th” movie genre.
Remember watching and – out loud – screaming at “Don't open the door,”
“Don’t answer the phone,” “He’s in the basement”. Admit it, you did that. She never listened, but the warning and
coaching provided a powerful adrenaline rush. not her daughter did the same. I was forever alerting Jamie Lee
to the obvious opportunities she had to do the right thing, either anonymously,
or perhaps transparently and accepting the deserved consequences.
didn’t listen. Funny thing to say about
a kidnapping story, but it was fun. And, here's an oddity. Our book shares a cover design with Jamie Le Curtis ’s
Birthday. I just stated The Road to Wellville by Carol Weyer . Many pages so I many have to break up the
comments into two posts. We’ll see. T.C. Boyle
Thanks for stopping by and in the meantime don’t open the door.