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I tried this book because a friend told me that if I enjoyed Ann Leary's The Good House I might like this because they had similar moods and settings. After listening I agree that both books captured small communities with clashes between local town people and the wealthy new to the area summer people. The main characters were both completely on the edge and the books were dominated by the inner voices and thoughts of these characters. In the end, The Good House wins as my favorite of the two, but Shafransky's Tips For Living was good and kept me engaged and guessing.
I really like mysteries that are set in distinct locations with lots of texture, local color, good descriptions of the surroundings and strong support characters. This book succeeded in all of these areas and had a well thought out storyline. I will say that the medical treatments in the story made me scratch my head and say What?--but these small issues weren't enough to make me give up on the story being told. I enjoyed the cultural aspects added to the story by the main character Nora's Russian family background. For me, this added depth to the whole picture.
Overall, this was an enjoyable story that held my interest and kept me listening and wondering. I liked it.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed every bit! A little more detective and suspense then most cosey mysteries. Wonderful expressive reader!
Lots of blind allies and twists. Even a bit of a love story.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed Shafransky's debut novel. She didn't blow my mind, but it was something of a page turner.
It's essentially The Girl on the Train with more likeable characters and less gripping plot.