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text 2017-06-24 14:51
Reading progress update: I've read 271 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

whenever a writer seems to be pushing me, strongly, into suspecting one particular character of malfeasance, I naturally form a wild side-suspicion to hedge my bets. I'm not even sure my "wild suspicion" in this instance would even make logical sense...but one little detail about a character's past has been gnawing at me, without much more to support suspecting murder, but we'll see. should finish this tonight!

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text 2017-06-24 04:00
Reading progress update: I've read 204 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

a shocking development, caught me by surprise (then again, that's what shocking developments do, so I guess I'm not surprised that I'm surprised...); the only thing is: if the accident wasn't really an accident, it's hard to see how one particular character couldn't be guilty of something terrible. or things terrible. so, with something seeming sort of obvious, but with scads of pages yet to go, it now remains to be seen if there will be any big twists that stick a pin in the obvious.

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text 2017-06-24 00:44
Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

I'm kinda loving this book now. I mentioned some early concerns about style, but I think maybe the author was guilty of a slightly stiff start-up--setting things up, introducing a lot of characters early (school reunion) while also hinting at a complex, tragic back-story, not having a beginning that allowed for emotional content, having to instead lead into scenes like that. now there's been a funeral and a scattering of ashes, people showing some cruelty in how they treat each other (whether they know it or not), a forbidden but completely understandable romance blooming, bitter characters trying to keep secrets...this author works best with scenes that force her to deal in emotions--emotions in characters, and emotions as they must be generated in the reader at this stage of the game. the overall whodunit aspect, and everything attached to it, is compulsive reading. and I love all the Scottish locales--Portobello, Edinburgh, Lewis, an island of the Outer Hebrides (I think I've got that right, the Outer Hebrides) called Eriskay, bairn/cannae/wee and other cool words floating through the dialogue. all this, and a dark nasty feeling to what lurks just under the surface...

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text 2017-06-23 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

her style of writing in this book lacks flair--the sentences, at times, just kind of hand stuff to you without seeming to come alive and shine--but I've kind of gotten used to that, and occasionally she snaps out of it. there's a sort of YA-style bluntness to it all. anyway, enough about that--what really works is the plot. there's nothing wrong with the story, the Mystery that is building up, as a guy who was convicted of the central "cold case"murder has been announced as released from prison because revisiting the evidence proves he didn't do it (sounds like a loathsome guy, though)! this, and other twists and hints, plus characterization, have got me hooked. addendum: Rory is a complete sod...but did he kill, all those years ago?

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