A fun little story!
I wouldn't call it V.I's first case so much as her introduction to bad guys. She didn't really go on a case, but was being a nosy child chasing things she maybe shouldn't have.
It made for a good, quick read though. It also helped shape why V.I. became the private detective that she did. This incident would have created that whole spark.
I loved the movie, so it was nice to read a story with a familiar character. I definitely want to read more now too!
The writing was beautiful but I lost the overall point of the story. It never felt like I found the revelation it was adding up to which left me with a feeling of disappointment after a promising ride.
Along the way, the book was quite pleasant to read. The author changed from the third person point of view in the chapters about Maya's life and second person point of view in the chapters that are in her dreams, leaving a clear distinction between them and alleviating the reader from any sort of confusion about whether you were in reality. I really liked the way she did that because though it should eventually have been made obvious by events and characters that are only in one or the other, the style choice made it easier on me.
Her life and her dreams were both interesting and fun to read about. Maya's dreams included parts of her real life but also distortions of it, delusions and sense sometimes in a single scene. Each scene was written in a way that propelled the plot forward, challenging Maia in the dream or Maya in real life to see things differently, or at least contemplate the differences.
The writing is gorgeous and this book had one of my favorite openings ever.
My father is a moon orchid, white, from the jungle. My mother is a red rose in the garden, near the fence. They met one morning in the port. Gave birth to me. Pink baby frangipani. A funerary flower.
Isn't that just gorgeous? I get how it's also kind of nonsense, but it sets up a certain expectation of how the story will be told. The first chapter goes on this way, metaphorically talking about her parents and ancestors and there's a place where she goes through a photo album that is written in this romanticized way that just pulls at me. It was such a strong beginning. I had felt like it was all adding up to some revelation of who Maya or Maia was or what her place in the world was and then I felt like it just fizzled away in the last chapter. I did't get it.
That said, don't let it or the rating distract from trying the book out alone. It was only that the end doesn't make the plot clear but some stories just beautifully meander around and it's still nice to read. I would definitely read this again over several classics I was forced to read throughout college. I would read it before Dickens, for sure.
This was my Kindle First choice for the month of January.
The novel takes place at a research station set at the South Pole in Antarctica. During the summer months, the station is filled with staff/scientists, but for much of the year--the long winter--the place is home to a skeleton crew of 40-odd souls. One of those souls is a woman named Cass, who is hoping that wintering over at the station will help her put some distance between herself and a tragedy in her past.
Strange things start happening at the station, and soon everyone is on edge. They're essentially cut off from the rest of the world, so they must rely on each other if they are to survive.
This was a really well written book, and so very close to a four star read for me, as it was definitely engrossing, and they author really made you feel the sense of isolation that Cass and the rest of the people wintering at the station were suffering. However, a few things kept it at a 3.5 for me. One, while I really liked the main character, Cass, I can't help but wish more of the supporting characters had been fleshed out a bit more. Two, the ending--while exciting--did feel kind of rushed and a tad over the top. And three, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. Not to say there wasn't a satisfactory conclusion, because there was. I'd have just liked a bit...more.
I would definitely read more by this author in the future.