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The Waiting Hours cover art

When will it ever end?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-16

This book tells the individual stories of characters whose lives intersect. Several are first responders - a police officer, a 911 operator, a nurse/search and rescue technician, her brother, a cab driver. The story starts with the shooting of a young boy, and then carries on, telling the life story of each of the characters. You know that at some point some incident will happen that will bring them all back together. But in the meantime, the individual stories go on, and on, and on. The stories are mildly interesting, and the narrator held my interest. I would put it on while driving the car. While listening I kept asking - WHERE is this going? WHEN will it ever end? As it does get close to the end a storm is about to break, so you think that the final event is related to the storm, but it isn't. Someone gets shot and all of a sudden the book is over, leaving threads of the story dangling. I wanted to know what happened to Tamara? What happened to Hassan?

The Boy and His Ribbon cover art

Went downhill fast

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-18

I liked it at first because the author draws a very good picture. Great descriptions. But I was confused because I couldn’t figure out where it is set. The narrators have a strong southern US accents but they don “jumpers” and wear school uniforms, so not the US, but they eat in diners, so which is it?
But halfway thru the book the characters become consumed by teenaged sexual angst. It goes on and on endlessly. I can’t stand it. Am planning to delete the book without even finishing it. Yuck. Please stop the whining!