This third person omniscient point of view distances me as the reader from the story.
I don't mind so much when it's a plot- or action-driven story. But this is character-driven, and I'm just finding it so difficult to bond with these characters. I want to bond with them. I'm curious about them and about what's going on. I feel as if Morton keeps pushing me away.
Years ago I read Eileen Goudge's Garden of Lies and I ended up coming very close to literally throwing the book against the wall at the end. What a sucky ending! I see now that there was a sequel, but I hated Garden of Lies so much that I never bothered to notice a sequel. From what I've read about it, the second book was maybe just as bad.
Maybe my fear of encountering a similar "and some of them lived and some of them died, but the ones who lived didn't necessarily live happily ever after even if they deserved to" ending is holding me back and making me see picky details in The Forgotten Garden. All I know is that if I'm stopping to post updates after only ten or so pages, the book isn't holding my attention.