well, the two Fredric Brown books I ordered last week arrived today...and that changes the whole landscape in my world. Char reinvigorated my interest in this author--he's an all-time favorite of mine--and I looked for some goodies to procure. Thirty Corpses Every Thursday is a short-story collection, and it ain't gonna be long until I get to that. but--Knock Three-One-Two is probably the last of the great Fredric Brown novels that I have not ever read, and it is suppose to be scary, and suspenseful, and as good as anything he did. I hope so. this is a magical feeling, cueing up this book. the mighty Fredric back in my life. be happy for this bookworm!
Glory Tangle and her four children were staying on Martha's Vineyard when something tragic happened. Afterwards Ginger and Mimi, the oldest sisters, are not supposed to mention what happened to anyone, not even to their mother, and their younger sister, Callie, is sent away to boarding school. Many, many years later Ginger is forced to reveal a secret when her teenage daughter overhears a comment. And so the Tangles' web of secrets and lies begins to unravel. When Glory dies and long-estranged Callie returns home, Ginger goes back to Martha's Vineyard to piece together what really happened on the day no one dared to mention in the Tangle household.
This is told from Ginger's perspective. It's a slow-moving book but I enjoyed reading about the Tangle's, especially in the early years. They're dysfunctional and have their quirks and I didn't always like how they handled things but you can't help but like them just the same. It's a realistic portrayal of how keeping secrets and not talking about memories and your feelings can damage relationships.
Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the copy of this book.
I saw this on kindle first on amazon and though it was a bit outside of my normal genre I wanted to give it a try.
I honestly have to say the book was pretty decent but the reason I gave it a three and not at least a four is that I was confused at times on the time frames of things. It would go between the present and the past though it doesn't tell you it just starts a new chapter.
A family of four happy and normal until an accident happens, it changes everything. It shows that secrets are something that have a way of coming back to you. Though how will Ginger and Mimi handle the secret that will come from the death of Glory their mother? Though I can say I didn't agree with how Glory handled things at all.
I have to say when I got towards the end I can't believe I didn't see that coming.
As far as characters go they developed. We have Ginger who is dealing with her daughter trying to grow up and become her own person and Ginger having to come to terms with it. Ginger is a very worrisome person. Mimi we don't get much of her just bits and pieces and she is very in control of what goes on around her.
The family comes along from tragedy and it ends up bringing them closer than they probably expected it to. It is hard to write a lot in this review as I don't want to give anything away.
Overall it was a good read once I got to spotting when the story shifted timelines.
I have to admit this book was not for me. I was so happy when I was approved from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley. I am always up to a good family secret book but unfortunately I could not connect to this family.
I disliked simply everybody. I don’t have to like the characters in a book, but I have to connect on some level with them. Here I was annoyed by all of them. Glory was just so egocentric and egoistic; her behavior was just stupid and selfish. Ginger just got on my nerves with; the same with supermom Mimi. All other characters faded into the shades. There was no proper male character. Husbands, sons, neighbors, there were all background actors. I also found that big family secret strange and I really did not get why everybody acted like they did. First I thought Glory was funny and just sarcastic in her way. But after a while I really started to dislike her. She is the worst. Half of the book I was asking myself what this story is all about. There was almost nothing happening. Way too much introduction for this strange and absolutely not understandable family secret. But after the secret was revealed it did not get any better.
I am sorry but I just did not get the point of the book. There are far better books about dysfunctional families and their secrets. Maybe it is just me, probably it is me. But sometimes it happens that you don’t get into a story and dislike a book.