ISBN: 198218180X
EAN13: 9781982181802
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 11, 2022
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.51" H x 8.38" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.73724262456 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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   Creaky melodrama
Borrowing the Maugham framework of main character hearing a story from long lost friend, the author works hard, but the ending is nothing but a parody. But the real flaw the crisis arises from a daughter's discovery of her Daddy's infidelity with a female artist. Adultery as an issue was a hot plot device back in the 20s and 30s, making this creaky melodrama.
 
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   Suspenseful....I could not put the book down.
I read the entire review in the WSJ. Out of nine books I chose this one without hesitation. Some of the reviews were subjective, others were objective. There were only a couple of words I had to look up, but in retrospect I could have figured out the meaning of the sentence. I could not put it down. The way the writer captured the reader reminded me of Paula Hawkins. The book was everything I anticipated, except for the fact that there were more clues to the ending.
 
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   A "Novel Noir"
Like the 1959 film noir "The Big Short," this novel reads like a parody. Two men, an airport lounge, eating and drinking, overnight and wee hours of the morning, one man with a long and involved story. 0 2 2 3 2 3 3 4 0 2 3 3 4 2 3 4 2 0 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 4 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 4 2 3 4 2 0 3 3 2 3 3 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 2 3 3 0 2 0 2 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 2 3 0 3 0 0 3 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Told from different points of view, it's a witty, introspective and sometimes disturbing parable of the afterlife. The book will have you rethinking everything you just read. It meanders in the details at times, at times to the point of wanting to say to the storyteller, "Get on with it, man! Only in the second half did I really enjoy the mystery and constantly tense feeling of something being afoot and amiss. Yes, I intend to read more of this author's work. It's great to have such a good friend, said Dr. Richard D. Pollack, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
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   Man, what a bad novel.
It's just that difficult to get through, Tunick said. The author, for example, wanted to showcase his big vocabulary, much to the detriment of the actual story. The story itself is very predictable and, for the most part, boring, Morgenthau said.
 
5
   Delay in inevitability
Although the outcomes are vastly different, I found them both to be reminiscent of Ian McEwan's "Love Enduring" as they both concern a meeting under extreme, life-changing circumstances, with dire consequences. This book is deceptively slim, packing a wallop of original material. The unnamed narrator runs into Jeff Cook, an acquaintance from college days, during a flight delay and is invited to spend the time in the First Class lounge instead of the airport bullpen. As that story progresses in third person, the Narrator's POV becomes more important. Great storytelling, Jeff.
 
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   Beautifully written, Intriguing and Engaging
I was immediately drawn to the story by the descriptive prose. The story's settings were my old stomping grounds and brought nostalgia, yet the intrigue and the art world were exciting, too. I never knew where it was going and how it would finish, but I loved it and truthfully finished it yesterday! Now on to the author's other works, he said.
 
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   Gripping
Two former acquaintances meet at an airport security checkpoint and have a good time.
 
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   Underwhelming
The book was originally serialized under the pen name Sarah Lyall, who wrote the rave review in the New York Times. It's not bad, but nowhere near as good as her review led me to believe. Overall, I'd rate it fairly good, slightly better than average.
 
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