Saturday, March 01, 2014
Burning Blue, by Paul Griffin
The book is billed as "a tender, haunting look at life after beauty." It isn't really. Instead, it's really a very complicated whodunit with an extremely sloppy wrap-up (for about 240-odd pages, the story slowly rolls out, but something lit a fire under Griffin and the last fifty pages just become a messy unveiling of the real story with little-to-no effort to have it make sense). Some heartstring-pulling at the end winds this mess up (probably that "tender" stuff in the blurb), but the characters feel neglected and unresolved. It doesn't help that the cast of characters is vast and the story is unfocused. Basically, it's a mess!