Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Thirty Sunsets, by Christine Hurley Deriso
I liked Deriso's great sense of family dynamics and her ear for language in complex scenes. I was less thrilled by her taste for melodrama and piling on crisis upon crisis. This story features a rape, an attempted sexual assault, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, an abusive mother, alcoholism, and even a death. Deriso doesn't have much patience for storytelling, so rather than focus on her strengths in character building she resorts to action and violence. This ultimately makes the book exhausting and thin, and wastes some lovely and interesting characters.