My Book Reviews

The Angel's Game

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 

This is the second psychological mystery of Zafon’s trilogy. Although mysteries or thrillers are not the genre that I would usually choose, I enjoyed Shadow of the Wind immensely and expected the same kind of excitement in this novel. There are several reasons why I thought Shadow of the Wind was a much better read. I didn’t realize until I was almost at the end of the novel that this is really a prequel.

It took me a really long time to read this book. Besides the fact that life just got in the way, I could find no empathy for the main character, David Martin. As he followed an array of disjointed characters and clues, he did one stupid thing after another.  As his life unraveled, I found no sympathy because it seemed as if he pulled the threads of his existence. A mild curiosity that I can’t explain kept me turning the pages. I must say that I love Zafon’s prose. He is an excellent writer but this story was just one I could not really get into.

My niece assures me that the final novel, The Prisoner of Heaven, ties it altogether with a satisfying ending. Guess I’ll have to read it to see if she is right.

Let Me Fly

by Sabra Waldfogel

 

This is a post-Civil War novel and sequel to Sister of Mine. Again, I commend the author on the amount of detailed research she must have done in the writing of this novel. This book is rich in historical detail, however, the main characters carried over from Sister of Mine and even some of the new characters lacked depth. Their individual plights did not move me as much as I was moved in Sister of Mine. The first three hundred pages are uneventful and somewhat predictable. By the time the story reached its pinnacle, it quickly wraps up and abruptly ends.

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