I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover but when the cover includes reviews from very reputable sources (The Washington Post, New York Book Review, etc.) and is marketed as a literary thriller, I think I can be forgiven when I expect the content to actually live up to these standards. It does not.
Is the story good? Yes; the concept of centering a mystery on the ill fated Buchanan family of the Great Gatsby is very clever. Did this manifest into a gut twisting, page turning thriller? Not even close. The thing is if Bohjalian kept the story focused on the Buchanan plot, I think this book would've been very good. Instead Bohjalian attempts a twisted ending that in my opinion reeked of laziness. (Think Shutter Island but not as well developed) The book just ended and there were about 50 open items for which the author provides zero closure. So super irritating.
If you like Great Gatsby, you'll probably find this book entertaining but if you have something else available the you know is a great read, I suggest you pass this one by.
I loved Bohjalian's Skeletons at the Feast, which is a grim WWII story. This book, which has been hailed as his finest, left me a bit askance. Not to give anything away, a number of F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters in the Great Gatsby are interwoven into this story. This is pretty strange in and of itself. I have never read Gatsby. I understand that if one has read it, it is easier to understand the parrallels in this story. The "big surprise" at the end was not such a big surprise to me. Not my favorite. Oh well....Continua
Such a waste of my time. Poorly written, poorly plotted senseless drivel.
Great novel, I love Christopher Bohjalian, this is one of my favorites by him!
I think that Chris Bohjalian stories, albeit this is based solely on The Double Bind, remind me a somewhat of Jodi Picoult in that his stories examine important issues of our time. Instead of using a court room and the legal system as a backdrop, Chris's plots use more of a mystery type setting where the story unfolds by giving little bits and pieces until it all starts to fit together. In this case, in a very shocking way. I can see myself really getting into his books and going back and reading (& or listening) to every one. If you are a lover of Jodi & enjoy a bit of mystery although not necessarily in the conventional sense, I recommend The Double Bind. The story begins w/the main character narrowly escaping a brutal rape-murder which immediately lures you right in. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this story from the beginning to it's jawdropping ending.
Main Entry: dou·ble bind
: a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made