I really loved this book. Her characters are complex. This novel made me emotional at times. That is a good testament to this unique novel. I highly recommend it, especially if you read author Joyce Carol-Oates. She writes complex male & female characters like Joyce. Will read more from this author.
This book starts out so strong and promising. But it starts to lag, and feels like a YA novel. I found myself skipping around a lot. Just no finesse to the writing at all.
Eh. Well written and exciting, but the end is disappointing.
How well do you trust your memory? Just because you remember it doesn't make it true- or does it?
Very gripping and believable, really captures first infatuations and sexual curiosity of new teens without being gross or overstated or startling.
Fabulous story, engaging writing. This is my first read of Abbott's novels and I can not wait to get another. This would be an excellent book club novel.
Twenty pages in, I thought I'd made a mistake picking this up. The central figures are teenage girls and it was starting to feel like a teenage read; had the book perhaps been mis-shelved in adult fiction by mistake? But this is an engrossing book, clearly adult fare. As another review suggests, the tension is drawn out a little too long, and as the many loose ends are tied up, the second part of the book is less engaging than the first. Full of troubled souls, none of whom is likeable, this is in some senses quite a spooky book, but well worth reading.
It seems to me that author is trying a little bit too hard to escalate the tension, so the book is longish.
Usual conflict of adolescent daughters with their mothers.
Non-existent in real life that kind of friendship between the girls.
And the novel leaves a bad impression about the behavior of adults. I guess that is good. Books should leave Impressions in our minds. There shouldn’t be passing of certain boundaries of physical intimacy between fathers and daughters. Even if it is limited to the supposedly meaningless, but actually promising for teens, touches, praise the beauty of ...
From the first page you feel a certain aversion to the Mr. Verver, despite the general
admiration for his behavior and appearance. One cannot help wonder about - and where
all this time were mothers’ eyes?
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and Evie have been best friends forever. Lizzie, the narrator of this story, is fascinated by Evie’s seemingly perfect family, especially her glamorous older sister Dusty, a beautiful boy-magnet girl and accomplished sportswoman. She also idolizes Lizzie’s father, Mr. Verver, a cool and approachable man, the king of the beautiful Verver kingdom. Lizzie’s own family has been in disarray ever since her parents’ divorce, with her mother striking up a relationship with a married man. Then one day, on the way home from school, Evie disappears. The police and her family are desperate for clues and Lizzie feels something nagging at the back of her mind until she remembers….she remembers a maroon car that had been following them and a whispered conversation with Evie about someone who had been watching her from outside her window. It soon becomes clear that Evie has been taken by Mr. Shaw, a married, older man who had been observing her for a while. In the ensuing days, Lizzie tries to make sense of what is happening. She searches into Evie’s disappearance and uncovers secrets and lost memories that cause Lizzie to question if she ever really knew Evie at all.
Loved the book, love the author! Its just something about the way she writes, I can't get enough.
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