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Predictable but still a good read. That is my summation of No One You Know. The plot was compelling, but I could tell everything that was going to happen. Otherwise, the writing was good. I recently read The Nightingale, and I was comparing and contrasting this book with that one. I thought The Nightingale had a predictable plot AND schlocky writing. This book at least had decent writing. Other things I liked about it: I have never read a book that had a character who was involved in the coffee business. Since I love coffee, I found the explanations about the coffee trade to be interesting. One of the other major characters was a serious mathematician. The author threw in a lot of info about mathematical theories and concepts that were sort of interesting as well.
I think the most predictable thing or the “predictability problem” with this book was with the characters. I guess they were too black and white. As the descriptions rolled out, one could tell that THIS person was going to be BAD or THAT person was going to be a good one.
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I especially disliked the characterization of Jim Thorpe. He was really a creepy guy, but the main character really liked him for some strange reason. The descriptions of him were predictably creepy as well. However, since the main character did like him, the author threw in a few supposedly likeable traits. These traits never made up for his creepiness. In the end he was kind of dropped, or I didn’t get what she was trying to say about him at the end of the book. He deserved more of a “comeuppance” if not a jail sentence, but instead… well, it seems he just drifts off into no man’s land.
The best thing about it was that I enjoyed reading it and wanted to finish it. That’s always a good thing :)
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I've listened to in ages. If you're not into math, don't be concerned at all. The Pact and ...Fog...had me going crazy (5 star crazy) but, nevertheless, crazy. I have just purchased her 4th book. I love her writing and the narrators.