At first, this book held me captive. What sixteen year old daughter wouldn’t want to know why her mother tomahawked a man with the “birthday” cake cutting knife? But then the book started to snap back in time and the Dorothy (the mother) character turned into this person that was immature and egotistical but yet she had a man who loved her regardless of her spoiled tendencies. It did not match the mother, who told Laurel and her siblings wonderful fairytales and treasured each of them. As the book bounced from WWII to early 2000s, I found the characters to be lacking good qualities. After reading 200 pages I got tired of waiting for the revelation of why her mother murdered this person and what their connection was. The author did a great job keeping the reader guessing but it went on for so long I got bored and just read the last 75 pages. I didn’t miss much and saved myself several hours of blah blah blah. This was a book I could put down for a month and come back to. It just did not hold your attention chapter to chapter.
Would have been a much better book if the editor had cut it down but if you have too much time on your hands to read the whole thing the mystery is a good tale, just long long. By the end, you understand the mother’s fear and her reason for doing what she did. You love the mother a great deal more because you understand who she really is.
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