Just Finished

I just finished reading this book again. The year I first read it, it became the best book I picked up that year (I keep a list - I'm nerdy like that).

It's one of my most recommended reads, if anyone ever asks.

And when my book club picked it for next month, I was thrilled to delve into it again.

Even though I've read it before and I know whodunit, it kept me hooked to the last page. I tried to slow down towards the end, to savor every word, but the suspense, the haunting melancholy of the characters, the brutal beauty of the story unfolding delicately, revealing itself with a shy, sad smile, kept the pages flying beneath my fingers.

Some people are bothered that this character-driven detective fiction leaves too many questions unanswered at the end. But life doesn't tie itself up in a neat bow for us either.

It's hard to finish a book like this, knowing the next one I pick up just won't quite measure up. Perhaps I'll reread this one next.


  1. I'll have to check it out! I needed a new book to read.

  2. I didn't realize I added this to my ebooks way back in JULY until I just had to search through your archives to find this post. All to tell you that... I finally decided to read it and couldn't put it down (turn my iPad off?) and now I am more than a little annoyed. I really did like the book, the writing was great (to the point of beautiful sometimes), the murder mystery was perfectly done (imho), but there are way too many questions left unanswered for me. Not necessarily because I wanted everything wrapped up (although I do) but more because I felt like she really left too many questions unanswered to the point that I don't believe she could have answered them if she wanted to. Almost like LOST - how they kept tangling up the story line so much that they forgot how many loose ends they even had. Maybe it's all too fresh and I'm just bitter that it's over. :)


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