Helen Queen of Troy
Really a terrible book. Wanted to like it, was looking for a literary thriller, a la Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, etc. I didn’t do enough research on reviews and stopped after reading a couple recommendations (notable book of the year, etc.). Having read the iBooks sample I decided to purchase, hoping that the narrator’s grinding verbosity and self-preoccupied rumination about his protracted, incipient panic attack would eventually prove germane to some later development. It finally became clear it was going absolutely nowhere and I bailed after reading 200 pages. I know every author can write a major clinker and I’m hoping French’s other books may be worth a look, but this proved tedious and non-revelatory — I couldn’t find even the redeeming value of well crafted sentences to justify continued reading or to maintain credibility for the scenarios French was trying to convey.
I’m such a huge fan of all of her previous novels. This one took so long to get into, and once in, I thought it was predictable. Unfortunately I really didn’t enjoy the ending. I’m hoping her next one will be better.
Sorry, I have read all her books and recommended them, but this one I could not even finish, what happen!
I loved Tara French’s previous books. This one just wouldn’t end and instead meander pointlessly between different characters and unconnected strands. I was relieved when I reached the end.
Wow, it look nearly a third of the book to get to the murder plot and then no real mystery. Could predict the outcome almost immediately. If it hadn’t been for Hugo it would have been nearly impossible to get through. Not her best stuff and definitely not the best mystery book of 2018 as apple rated it!! Someone paid a handsome sum to get that title....ONE STAR!
I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, then finally almost half way through it does. Then it takes until the last 1/8 of the book for it all to come together and ends on the most boring note possible. How do some of these books get on the best seller list?
Like most of her books, this one drags on forever.
This book was OK. Toward the end, it became verbal diarrhea in a sense because she went on and on and on and at one point, I was ready to threw in the towel. It became very boring, so I found myself reading the same paragraphs over and over because I couldn't get into it at all. The concept was good but the ending was definitely not great.
I really wanted to like this book but found myself bored and unable to connect with the main characters.
Long time readers of the Dublin Murder Squad will appreciate the emotional unraveling of the mystery and the well written introspection. Not quite as good as French’s other novels, but still definitely worth the read.
I am 150 pages into the very slow moving story. I don't think that I will finish it. I feel as if I am slogging through a very boring stream of consciousness with no end in site.