Friday, April 05, 2013
Zoe Letting Go, by Nora Price
The edginess of the opening is quite a draw and I had high hopes for something unusual to come from this novel. Unfortunately, after the excellent set-up, Price opts for a more traditional rehabilitation story in the end. There's some mystery in the details, but in the end, there really is something wrong with Zoe (she just needs to figure it out)! And the author takes so long to deliver the answers that most readers will have figured the whole thing out long before Zoe does. That slow pace, combined with the loss of that initial creepiness, were the key disappointments.
On the positive side, I liked the author's idea of inserting recipes into the story -- a nice device in a novel about eating! And some of the recipes sounded pretty good!