I had difficulty getting into this novel. It did not capture me in the initial fifty pages. If I had not agreed to review it, I probably would not have finished it. I could not identify with the characters at all nor did they elicit my compassion. The author's writing style is mostly long passages of prose interspersed with short bursts of dialogue or action. Much of the prose is character thoughts. In that sense this is very much a character driven novel. The pace picked up near the end of the book but that did not make up for the slow pace for the rest of the novel.
I found the change in points of view disturbing. Meghan's section is first person, from inside her head. Other sections, such as Becky, Meghan's mom, Zach, one of Meghan's doctors, are in the third person, from a universal point of view. I felt the changes distracting and it did not work for me.
There is a great deal of medical information included in the novel. I learned about mitochondrial disease and Munchausen by proxy, for example.
I would have appreciated this book much more if 50-60 pages had been edited out. Readers who appreciate long passages of character ruminations might enjoy this book. It was just not the writing style I like. I did enjoy the intense suspense at the end. I do wish there had been more of it throughout the entire book.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Daniel Palmer is the USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. He published his first novel after a decade long career in e-commerce. He is a recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player and lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. You can find out more at http://www.danielpalmerbooks.com/home.
Macmillan Publishers, 384 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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