Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Tell, by Hester Kaplan

Owen and Mira have only been married for a few years, and are still trying to find the rhythm of daily married life.  But any semblance of normality is disrupted when Wilton, an aging television actor, moves in next door.  Mira immediately takes a shine to Wilton, spending lots of time with him, and accompanying them to a nearby casino.  Wilton is trying to reunite with his adult daughter, and tries to enlist Owen's help, which only drives Owen and Mira further apart.

I am really torn about this book.  On the one hand, the book is full of some really memorable and well developed characters.  I most found myself drawn to Owen as a character.  I felt I could see his point of view.  I felt like I did not trust Wilton, and I am still not convinced his motives were completely pure.  It seems to me that Wilton was using Mira as a substitute for his daughter.  I think Wilton also sees some of his own flaws in Owen, and in turn tries to punish Owen.

I thought the writing was really lovely in this book, but I struggled, somewhat, with staying engaged in the storyline.  I felt the story lagging in a few places, particularly in the beginning.  I felt like there was not enough explanation regarding the relationship between Mira and Wilton, and I have to admit, I was a little confused as to why it was not discussed more.  Still, I did really enjoy the book, and I think a lot of fans of modern literary novels will enjoy it as well.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.





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