Published by Grove Press on July 7th 2015
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This was an EXTREMELY hard book for me to get into. I found the sentences and the writing to be very wordy and found myself having to read and re-read passages again and again before things made sense to me. I honestly struggled for the first 100 pages and almost gave up on the book on more than one occasion. I gave it the old college try, and finally, I got the flow of the book. But honestly, I don’t like when I have to work so hard to read a book. Reading, in my opinion, should be enjoyable, for me this felt like work. I like to think of myself as a smart person, I have 3 college degrees but geez when you need to keep looking up words or read a page several times…it’s just WAY TOO MUCH. Plus, I had a hard time feeling for any of the characters in the book. For me, the wordiness took away from the story.
The book is told through the POV of 5 characters. For me, this is what worked best in this particular book. The characters are varied ranging from young to old. Some are quit disturbing. It is probably the only real thing I liked about the book. The characters do a lot of thinking and talking. This is a “gothic” novel set in 1862 when New Orleans is overtaken by Union troops. I would have liked more action. More something…but definitely less wordiness.