I managed to pick up book 2 in a series of 5. Never mind. I don't know if I missed anything essential from the first book - characters did seem to appear without much in the way of background or introduction but that might just have been the way it was written. I wasn't hopelessly at sea.
I liked the book but felt it was too much of one episode in a series and didn't stand very clearly by itself. It also seemed a bit disjointed at times.
Not really sure whether to go on and read book 3, or to go back and read book 1. But I'll probably read one or the other.
I've just looked it up and it's actually four years since I last read an episode of this series. After the long break I've skipped a few and decided to read the one that was lurking on the library shelves. What I said when I read An Unhallowed Grave is still just as true. The plots are just too tightly tied together to be at all realistic.
But I like the characters and the setting and overall I like the plots, just not the highly coupled present & past aspect of them. So I think I'll carry on and read some more and just let the couplet plots wash over me without thinking about the unlikeliness of them. After all it's only fiction - aka entertainment.
Fabulous look into the relationship between genes and environment. Though it's left me more confused than ever. Though more informed than ever too. In summary, and as the title of the book sums up very neatly, there is no "versus" in the nature v. nurture debate. Great writer - the amount of information is enormous but the text is eminently readable all the same.
A Christmas Present.
I'd thought that this was an "historical" Shreve and was quite surprised to find myself in modern day Maine as several characters in their mid-forties meet up for the first time since high school. I liked the characters quite a lot despite them all having unlikeable sides to them. Well plotted.
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