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Engrossing. Engaging. But this is a tragedy. I cried a lot and hard afterwards. I don’t know if I can recommend it unless you’re up for that - grieving for someone who is good, who wants to do better, who is trying, but he doesn’t know how. I fault his parents. They didn’t give him love, support, and guidance. He made bad choices. He grieves for his mother. He grew up with no one loving him. The only time he felt peace, love, and acceptance was while on a job with his bank robber friends. This book reminds me a little of Romeo and Juliet, but modern, better, different. The lovers are from different worlds and can never be together. Even if Doug gave up his life of crime, there is a chance he would go to jail for past crimes. He can never tell Claire about his criminal activities, because she could be charged as an accomplice. He wants a life with Claire, someone good, not the types of people he grew up with and is surrounded by. I don’t want to mislead by overstating the Romeo and Juliet comparison. Only a small amount of time is spent showing Doug and Claire together. Most of the time the story is about Doug, his thoughts, actions, and feelings. In his mind Claire is the focal point for change. Most of the story is enjoyable and engaging, with anticipation. It’s the last half hour that is unsettling and becomes tragic. Doug believes the coming job will go bad, yet he continues with it. He makes choices which he knows will not be a happy ending.
This story had wonderful character development. Wonderful dialogue. I was engrossed in the characters and the lives they lived. I felt part of it. I enjoyed this all the way through until the end. Excellent plotting and events. This author is a good storyteller. I was rooting for Doug. I wanted to see him change his life. The day after reading this, I’m still crying. I don’t like books that make me grieve and cry, so I’m hoping I can get this out of my mind. I want to forget about it. It hurts.
I suppose it makes one appreciate their own life more, not having problems from a criminal life.
This was made into a movie called The Town with Ben Affleck which I did not see. I hear the movie had a happier ending, a different ending.
The narrator Richard Ferrone was excellent. At times he had a touch of Christian Slater to his voice.
Ending: Grief and sadness.
Genre: relationships, crime, suspense, tragedy.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you liked the film you'll love the book. Being from "The Town" myself I attest to its authentic feel & all too familiar story. Worth checking it out for sure.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Several things Really different to film but both are equally compelling great stories. Really recommend both
Yes it is a movie calked the town snd i haven't seen it. However the book is written in a hollywood style and the narration gives it that elliott ness feel. All those things are good and i am becoming a chuck fan.
Like any good book it builds to an exciting conclusion but at the same time there are numerous ways it could have gone, so unlike many books it avoids the predictability. As a reader watching people make bad decisions adds a key element to story.
If you love a good heist with a little humanity slipped I think you will enjoy this book.