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2,0 sur 5 étoilesI was disappointed that the story centered around psychic abilities and mysticism ...
Commenté au Canada le 2 octobre 2016
I am a fan of Beth Harbison's work, so was excited to settle in to read this one over the weekend. Sadly, One Less Problem Without you does not hold up to her usual quality of story. I was disappointed that the story centered around psychic abilities and mysticism rather than a logical concept. I found the connection between Chelsea and Leif to be very contrived; I can appreciate that it was desired to have all women have a link and dislike for Lief, but this was too much of a stretch, especially in the final chapters of the book. There were parts of the story that seemed somewhat disjointed, and as if the writing of the book was rushed. I was eager to finish the book just to have it done and over with, whereas typically I savour her books.
This book was OK at best. I've really enjoyed Beth Harbison's last few books, so I was excited for this to come out. However, I finished it yesterday and I feel fairly disappointed. First of all, it's definitely got a darker storyline than her other books, which would be fine if it had been done well, but it just felt underdeveloped. It switched between the POV of multiple characters, which is a plot device that has to be done really well in order to not be distracting. For me, it was just distracting. The characters weren't developed enough, which resulted in a moment of consideration at the start of each chapter to figure out which character it pertained to. I feel like we only got one or two meaningful scenes about each of the main characters and it was insufficient to really flesh out their characters or make me care the way I want to care about the people I'm reading about. This book did not keep me engaged, and I read it because I'd started it, not because I was dying to find out what happened.
The most frustrating part for me was the ending. At some point towards the end of the book, it's like the author ran out of time and just summarized what happened instead of writing the actual storylines out. It felt like homework that had been left to the last minute and done in the morning in class before handing it in. It really bothered me and that aspect of this book alone made me feel fairly annoyed that I'd invested the time in reading it.
Again, I generally really enjoy the books of Beth Harbison, but this one was a misfire for me.