Raban is a talented writer. His characters are well developed, flawed, and interesting.
He crafted what I thought was an exciting plot, while developing several good subplots.
His vivid descriptions of the character's actions made the story come to life--to the point that I would have preferred he not be so graphically disgusting.
In any event, as I neared the last page of the book, it became alarmingly apparent that the author was going to need a miraculous ending to resolve all of the storylines.
Then, inexplicably, Raban decides to just end the story.
Not one of the book's issues are dealt with.
As it turns out the plot and subplots were merely a window for the reader to observe the character's lives at a point in time.
He left me hanging like when I was a child and had received permission to stay up past bedtime to watch Hawaii Five-O--only to learn at the end of the hour that the episode was "To Be Continued" next week.
It was a next week that I would not have permission to stay up late again for TV viewing.
As in I had just wasted an hour of my life.
If only I had checked the reader reviews on a site like Amazon and saw that it rated only 2 stars before getting this one from the library. I should have researched the title, read quotes like the following, and done a little homework:
...But it is as if the publisher was on the phone with an insurmountable deadline to meet, and he had to leave the ending out in order to reach it.Obviously, most of the reviewers argued that the ending (or lack of a suitable one) doomed the novel.
Do you look at reader reviews online before reading a book?
Any suggestions for selecting books to avoid feeling like the read was time wasted?