I have a lot of time to read so I figured why not pass on my reviews on novels, non fiction and travel books and apps. I hope it helps you find something to calm your day like reading does for me.
One of my online book clubs recommended this book a little while ago and its just taken me this long to get to it.
It has been forwarded for so many awards and reviews have been routinely 5 star. Nominated for The 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and a member of Oprah's book club are but a few of its accolades so far.
It tells the story of Roy and Celestial an up and coming American couple who's inevitable rise to the top is cruelly halted when Roy is arrested, tried and imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. The book tells the story from both of their perspectives with some added characters added in as the story unfolds. There is more than one twist and turn and I did very much enjoy this book. The characters have flaws and faults that you can align your own character to and while it is a novel it does at times feel like you are reading about a real turn of events, which sadly I guess you really are.
I enjoyed it right up until Roy gets out (no spoiler alert here - the book description tells you he gets out). I understand the change in his character after 5 years in prison, however I felt like that change was rushed. I didn't really like how all of a sudden Roy feels like a totally different person. A bully, cunning and hardened from prison sure, but I don't feel like there was any lead up. He arrives in Atlanta and boom - his character is aggressive and cruel. From my perspective, from the point that Roy arrives back in Atlanta until the end of the book fells very rushed. I felt like we never saw the change in Roy coming and then as quick as it comes, it goes and we are left wondering what in the hell that was.
I did very much enjoy it and you may have an entirely different opinion to me but it is well worth a read.
I really love reading, however I read to escape mostly & while I did read Che Guevera's diaries (I was in Cuba at the time) most of my reading is lightweight and fast paced.