Saturday, August 23, 2014
Finding Ruby Starling, by Karen Rivers
Told almost entirely through correspondence, most of the decent dramatic moments happen off-stage and in re-telling. That sucks much of the energy out of the story. It's also a major chore keeping all of the characters straight in this busy narrative (many of the characters come from a previous book; one imagines that another installment is probably in works -- and these two facts help explain the plethora of dramatis personae). By the end, I had pretty much caught up to the flow of the story, but for a story which is basically about two girls being reunited, the whole thing seems distracted and off-focus.
[Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in advance for the purpose of writing this review. I received no other compensation and will be donating my copy to the public library. This book is scheduled for release next week.]