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Her recollections toggle between affection and acid condemnation, a tension that mirrors the book’s ambivalence toward the work of artists she both admires and deplores. I certainly couldn't believe that they would have allowed a pregnancy to happen, I'm sure Sherralyn would have made sure the morning after pill or abortion were employed. I enjoyed the fact that we learnt of the subtle influences that created these two cold individuals, and I truly enjoyed the way the plot progressed. It's not a whodunit and it's not a thriller; it's a portrayal of l'amour fou between two sociopaths and the manner in which they will protect their love.

During this “frantic phase,” she “spent many memorable evenings sending messages of great personal passion through the intricate improvisations of Kind of Blue. Rather than the psychological depth or horror or insight I'd wanted to feel - and really believed I could feel in the earlier pages - there just seemed to be a new, disgusting horror on every single page. And when you close it, you will be left undecided about whether you have read something horrible, or something wonderful. NOTE: other restrictions can be a result of our security platform detecting potential malicious activity. Trebuie să fii tare pe psihic ca sa poti rezista declarațiilor martorilor cu privire la moartea Samanthei și in acelasi timp sa rămâi impasibil la nonșalanța cu care cei doi, Linda si Brandon pozează în nevinovati.Then I was thrown in a prison cell with a red-hot alien demon, the first being to ever truly protect me. I was fascinated by the story which develops through the eyes of various persons involved in it: from the neighbours and parents to the police officers. What motivates somebody to torture their child for so long, rather than 'just' killing them if they have that i mind and hate them so much? If you are indeed a parent and felt nothing during or after reading this then you should probably get help some help. Sometimes I question whether the multiple narratives is becoming a rather lazy option for novelists.

Plot holes aside, I also felt that the book should have given a voice to Samantha (the couple's child).

This book as a whole emphasizes the disintegration of people's morals due to the abuse they suffered at the hands of their own parents. I don’t understand his growls and snarls, but inside the curve of Trjun’s wings, I do know I am safe. All the characters seemed to be caricatures of a 'type' and the psychoanalytic psychologist background of the author made me feel uncomfortable, as though actual known individuals were being ridiculed or manipulated for personal gain.

The first half was amazing - it was like Stephen King and Gillian Flynn had a baby, and every POV kept me glued to the page because it build an amazing tension. There are monsters who spewed bigotry (Richard Wagner) and monsters who embodied the modernist ideal of the heroic artist who made women into their fetish objects (Picasso, Hemingway). Ciudat este faptul că, deși Linda si Brandon sunt niste personaje ordinare, pe care n ar trebui sa le placi, eu nu le am urat. It wasn't the subject matter, although there's not denying that's difficult, it was the writing style and the repeating structure: really the same brief story told over and over by different people.Topolski’s voice changes with each of her narrators, adopting the concern, the disgust, the passion, the almost trivialised neglect, the foulness that creeps into the soul, unchecked and undetected; her ability to conjure something like this from all angles is masterful, as is her ability to summon empathy from an unwilling reader. I want to be able to give myself over to a book, so Philip Roth’s magnificent biography of 20th century America, "American Pastoral’, "I Married a Communist" and "The Human Stain" picked me up, held me entranced whilst I read it and put me down, changed. Almost every character comes across as vacuous; they all discuss Brendan and Sherilyn at length, but the notion that Samantha's life was important is only given fleeting thought. This is no suspense novel; from the first chapter on, we can easily guess that something unspeakably horrible happened to poor little Samantha. This is all ridiculous anyway, of course, but it might be a little more effective if the name of this entity wasn't 'Brendalyn' – seriously, BRENDALYN – which evokes many stupid ship names in various fandoms, but also just sounds ludicrous in and of itself.

I get what the author was trying to do because this kind of thing has worked in other books but this was just rubbish. This way, we have a multi-focal viewpoint on the whole story as it develops in time, and I felt it was like a puzzle identifying the different "speakers" and fitting their viewpoints together.

The criminal act at the centre of the story doesn't seem to make any more sense in the retelling, either, and as another reviewer has commented, I had problems with believing in the premise. Dederer sees every encounter with a work of art as a potential clash between two biographies: “the biography of the artist that might disrupt the viewing of the art” and “the biography of the audience member that might shape the viewing of the art. The story is told in mostly first person accounts by the couple themselves and by those who have been around them in the past and over the course of the child’s brief life and death.

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