Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley

From Amazon: The tragic mystery at the heart of their family has finally surfaced . . . When Ellen Wakefield O'Connor is confronted by a young man armed with a birth certificate that mistakenly names her as his mother, she quickly sorts out the truth: his birth mother listed Ellen on the certificate to cover up her own identity, but also because Ellen is, in a way, related to the child. The birth father is Ellen's troubled husband, Tom. The secrets of the past soon engulf Ellen, Tom, and everyone they love. This drama of love, loss, family and betrayal will capture readers with its unforgettable power.

I actually finished this one quite awhile ago. It was one of those freebies for the IPad and probably not something I would have picked out except that it was free and it was so easy and I love free and easy! What I remember about the book a month later is that I did like it but I didn't love it; if I came across someone else who read it, I'd like to hear what they have to say but I'm not running out telling all my friends to read it. There was family - I love sister stories, there was a mystery, and there was current day dysfunction - all good stuff! What stands out the most though is the way the book was structured. The story is told through the different characters viewpoints but not alternating like you usually see done. It's more like each character gets their turn. And each time the view point changes there was some serious rehashing of the plot already covered. That was sort of interesting because you formed opinions based on one viewpoint and then those opinions were challenged by other characters. But, it ultimately didn't work for me because by the time I had heard the story X number of times, I was pretty much done and my mind wasn't changing even with some pretty good reasons. That old adage about you only get one chance to make a first impression was hard at work within me so I clung to the first impressions I had of the characters despite the later evidence. Overall = a light mystery that I enjoyed.

This counts toward the e-book challenge. Click on the logo to see my progress.


bermudaonion said...

I think I would get tired of hearing the same story over and over again, even if it was from different points of view.

kim said...

I also read this book earlier this year and loved it. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. My bookclub buddy loved it as well. I didn't get the same impression as you of the retelling of the story; each time I got something new. I've recommended that my local library carry this book so I can recommend it to all my friends.