UnspokenLarge Print - 2013
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Good story about a woman who had a dramatic, life-changing trauma, who through the loving patience of a believing man learns to deal with the issues that remain. Nice bit of mystery added to the story.
Dee Henderson is known for her romantic suspense books, most notably the O'Malley Series. I read most of that series and was never a big fan, I found them over the top and cheesy, but after that she wrote a few that I loved, such as The Witness. So I am very familiar with her writing. You could count on her a for fast paced story with a healthy dose of suspense and romance, and, last but not least, believable characters that kept your interest.
Well. Let me tell you, all that has changed in the last two books. I read Full Disclosure and was determined to like it but I couldn't keep my eyes open. Maybe that was an anomaly. I'm willing to try again so I picked up this book, Unspoken. If you're into dry and boring you should grab this. Having sleep troubles? I have the solution! I do not care about old coins and how they are bought and sold, or how much each is worth, but you get a very good lesson here. That's all fine if you're setting up the rest of the story for a chapter or so, but it continues on for it seems like a third of the book. There are pauses for more business transactions and 'deep and profound' thoughts and visits with the couple from Full Disclosure, and they still have strange conversations, it seems. The story really takes its sweet time to get moving.
When the story finally does seem to be getting off the ground, there's just too much dialogue and thinking and descriptive writing for it to be anything but what I call 'hard slogging'. Think of trying to run through sticky, need deep mud. There, that aptly describes this book. And the end.
See how I did that? Stopped mid sentence? Totally the feeling at the end of the book but more irritating when the book is 441 pages long! It left things unfinished that I would have clarified much earlier on.
I didn't like how the book kept flipping back and forth between people. Tell it from one, maybe two people's point of view and leave it at that. I know that Charlotte, the main character, went through terrible trauma and was subjected again to major stress but she just felt too cold and unemotional to be a main character.
Yes, I was very disappointed in the book. I was looking forward to reading it but I won't be reading with the next one.
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