When someone asked me about this book this was my response:
Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It was quite popular when it was published and I’ve heard really good things about it but I read it and found it rather boring. The plot had the potential to be very interesting. It was about a man who [I’m skipping extensive plot summary I typed up].
Overall it kind of meandered through everyone’s lives and the way this secret affects everyone and pulls them apart. Meandered is the key word there.
It got really wordy in some places where it didn’t need to be, the dialogue could be very unnatural in places, and I want to take a red pen to the thing and cross out entire passages that didn’t have a point.
After all of the plot thickening it ended pretty flatly. I was really disappointed.
It was okay but I don’t understand why so many people liked it. It wasn’t even that insightful. The author seems like a bit of a one-noter to me. Apparantly the short stories she published was called “Secrets of the Fire King” and then her other novel revolves around a secret. That’s all well and good but it gets boring after a while.
End of comment.
I agree with everyone’s complaints on this page. It had a lot of potential and wiggle room to make itself interesting, but it was too slow and unnatural. The characters seemed awkward to me when they spoke. Norah’s character fell victim to this the most I think.
Overall, disappointing, but still worth consuming. Maybe.