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I'll start with the narrator, who wasn't awful enough to warrant 1 star (I would have quit, had that been the case), but she was bad enough to warrant two starts. She started off sounding congested, and it only got worse as the story progressed. The main character Finley, was most irritating of all. Every time she asked a question, and sometimes even made a statement, the narrator gave the last word of her sentence an exaggerated, rise - terrible. Say this sentence in your head and give a rise to the last word: Finley asked: Do you think someone else could go to the police? Makes no sense and is irritating. Other characters spoke awkwardly - stilted, almost as though the narrator is just learning to read. Bad, bad, bad.
Now to the story: “Pain was a reminder that she was alive, that she drew breath into her lungs and was tied to the world of the living, even when it moved through her like a wave bringing tears to her eyes there was a part of her that relished it.” So thinks the main character, Finley, when she is getting her umpteenth tattoo. So then, she’s psychologically damaged and does this instead of cutting – that’s what I get from this – and this is the protagonist? I have no idea how it got such rave reviews from readers and critics alike. Normally when I disagree with reviews from various publications, I can understand why my feelings about a book are different, but not in this case. This is the first book of hers I've "read;" it will be the last. I found many of the characters to be either unlikeable, cartoonish, or both. Finley has a loser boyfriend who follows her across the country to be with her after she breaks up with him. At one point in a bad, scary situation he wishes he had a joint so he could mellow out. I guess Unger thought this gave him human frailty; I just found him irritating. He comes across the country and sets up a tattoo shop, and Finley can't believe he's able to make a go of it; she realizes this after he tells her he has 2 appointments for tats over the next 2 days. Really? Two whole appointments? Wolf, the father of a missing girl, is the most unlikeable and he's featured about as much as our heroine. He's been cheating for 2 years or so with a very young woman he treats like crap and just uses for sex and basically calls an airhead. Finally, after dumping her (not really a spoiler - it's a given they won't stay together) she confronts him about it, and he realizes, oops, no, guess she's just naive, sweet girl that he treated badly. Gee, only took him 2 years to figure out she isn't stupid and vapid? And he rationalizes breaking up with her via text (!) because (I'm searching my memory banks here) it's something she would find okay or something her generation does - something like that. And then he's going to ride off and help his wife who he all-of-a-sudden realizes is the most beautiful, wonderful woman ever. Barf! Not believable. Even if it is remotely believable, why should we care anything about this serial cheater. Yep, I'm angry about the book. Oh, and don't get me started on the "Sling Blade" family: Momma, Poppa and Bo-Bo. Lord help me and drop me in the Ozarks in the 50's. I never cared about any of the characters and if you don't have that, what do you have? Never bought into any of it. I love Stephen King and Dean Koontz - well, at least their old stuff - haven't read much of their recent stuff - and can always identify, sympathize, etc. with someone - not in this book. Maybe if I had read other stories by her about The Hollows I would have felt differently, but not here.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
If you like Lisa Unger's books, I think you will like Ink and Bone. I do and I did.
Lisa Unger creates great characters. I liked Finley and I loved the development of the missing girl's parents. The story was taut and compelling and spent time in unexpected places. I listened almost straight through, getting only 4 hours sleep because there was just no good place to stop.
Most of the book's characters are new to the series but the setting is familiar. (If you're new, The Hollows is a seemingly idyllic, thoroughly creepy place where people go missing at alarming rates.) In Ink and Bone, The Hollows gains full-on character status. It has moved from whispers to storming, from psychic undercurrents to teeming psychic evil. It compels first Eloise and now Findley to lives locked in battle for good over evil. It's all very Stephen King. It induced visions of a TV series, with a cast of supporting characters orbiting The Hollows, taking turns in its spotlight.
As for the narration... I have mixed feelings about Molly Pope's reading. She is quite good as the missing girl's parents, moving seamlessly between the male and female voices. With other female characters, though, she can be strident and overwrought. Further, Ms. Pope's reading is sometimes stilted, as if distracted. Perhaps the uneven narration contributed to my premonition of television... I believe this is the narrator's first audiobook. Her voices are so good much of the time that I wonder how the producers managed to release a less than perfect product.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Not an outstanding listen. Enjoyable enough supernatural thriller. The grand daughter of a medium reluctantly following in her footsteps. Story was average.
found narrative a bit quick at times but really enjoyed the book. good story line