Comments: 5
BrokenTune 3 years ago
LoL. "Pull a Kate Morton" is a great descriptor.
Darth Pedant 3 years ago
I know Kate didn't invent it, but I associate it with her, so . . . XD
I HATE that device -- Susanna Kearsley also uses it in the one book by her that I've read ("A Desperate Fortune"), and even though Kearsley does her level best to give the contemporary characters some depth, I couldn't have cared less about any of them.

And I mean, what are we saying here -- that historical timelines can't possibly be relevant enough on their own? * Please! *
Darth Pedant 3 years ago
The device is hit and miss with me. I like most of Kate Morton's books, but she usually spends enough time in each timeline to flesh the characters out and connect the story lines. In this case, the device was completely unnecessary and the author didn't do enough to make it work for me. The present-day characters had no connection to the past characters beyond finding the letter, and the letter itself contained a trope I actively loathe:

Parent writes pamphlet-sized epistle to child detailing how said child was conceived, sexy-time descriptions included.

And I think Freeman knew on some level how weird and gross this trope is, because she actually put in a line something like, "I know you'll never read this, so I don't mind telling you . . ."
Lol. Yeah, that'll do it ... (not). :D