I love to read so I am always joining book clubs. I have the time now to stretch myself and read books I wouldn't have picked myself. ChicagoNow has a book club and this is a review of Dante's Wood - our second month of reading a book together.
I have not read a lot of mysteries so it was good to be forced to read another. However, I know now why I don't read very many. There is only one point to the book, that's to see how the mystery is solved. There were very few characters in this book none of whom were nice people so I didn't really care which one of them was guilty.
The writing was really good but I am surprised that a woman who left a successful career as a lawyer would write her first novel in the voice of a man, a pretty non likable man at that. And he's just gone blind. So all around, you're inside the head of a guy you really wouldn't want to know on his best day let alone in the midst of a crisis.
I really liked the writing, I just didn't like the characters and I think I am not a fan of mysteries. I feel like mysteries are written so that people will buy them and you'll make money. If you're already making money as a corporate lawyer, why quit to write a mystery? Why not try and write the great American novel? And this is number one of a series about this character, so like the Baby Sitters Club for mysteries.
I don't get it. This woman has a lot of talent and her writing talent is what saved the novel. If you are a fan of mysteries, you will probably like it.
Does it help that I liked it better than last month's choice? Are they going to kick me out of book club because so far I haven't been real enthused about the books. Darn it! I swear I will like next month's book.
However, people loved it on Goodreads so it might just be me!
In the meantime, I will do do some quilting, that's something I know I like.
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Here's a link to last month's book club review.