Thoughts by Katherine Faulkner, Gallery Books 2022, 378 pages
Challenge: for Book Club and #ReadICT: Color category (perhaps also Villain category?)
Type/Source: eBook / Libby
What It’s About: Synopsis from the top result of googling:
GREENWICH PARK centers around two women, Helen and Rachel, who find their lives entangled when they meet at a prenatal class. Helen, our protagonist, is an instantly-sympathetic and relatable character: when we meet her, we immediately feel a sense of protectiveness towards her.
Thoughts: No, we didn’t. We did not feel any sense of protectiveness and not immediately. Um… The very first page had me confused and annoyed at adjectives and word choice. Then I saw that Laila didn’t like the main character and then my mother (also in my book club) said it failed to capture her interest in the first few pages. I started to read other 1 and 2 star reviews on goodreads — the kiss of death of whether or not I will like a book!
Someone called the protag “gormless”, other reviews said it was dry. Some praised the writing but I wasn’t impressed.
Back to the ebook (after searching for the word “pie”…), I decided to skip around and jump pages, and then read the ending. Blech. I have no desire to catch up what I might have missed. I really am not a good reader of mystery/thrillers. If they are mostly literary, I might like it but usually, I just can’t get interested!
Rating: Two slices of pie. Apricot tart means pie!
“There are no lines, so I take my time choosing serrano ham, hard cheeses, a glistening apricot tart.”5%
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