Adrien MASCUNAN MASCUNAN itibaren 403, Tayvan, 台中市西區中興里
I struggled with how to review this book. I did not like the main character, Kath, nor the secondary character Ruth. I could not definitively decide if the narrator was meant to be unreliable, or if the story line was simply that narrow. I found myself in physical discomfort as I read sections (especially the second part), as I so disliked the plot arc. And yet, nothing as dramatic as the slamming of a door happens until the last 50 pages. It took me until I had finished the book and was in bed at night to realize all of these things were pluses instead of minuses. This was a great book, as even though I felt no familiar sympathetic connection (in fact, with most of the characters actions, or lack thereof, I felt a certain level of repulsion), I was utterly compelled by them and by the plotline itself. I could not and cannot stop thinking about it. I have read several books in the last few months that I have loved, flitted through, talked about, put down, and never thought about again. There is a place for those books. This novel is not among them.