Thursday, July 28, 2016
Whisper to Me, by Nick Lake
Billed as a romance, this extremely long story (544 pages!) is really more of a drama about mental illness. The romantic thread plays only a minor part and actually seemed peripheral to the story. This is an overall issue with this bloated novel. Major threads (the missing girls and the father's own mental illness chief among them) are inconsequential and unresolved.
Another fault I found was that Cassie herself is a frustrating heroine. Making mistakes and being imperfect is a typical characteristic in a YA protagonist. But she develops so poorly, repeating mistakes again and again that you never get much sense of personal growth until suddenly at the end when she is -- poof! -- magically mature! Without any development on display, we are basically cheated of the most interesting part of the story and left with a largely unsympathetic main character for the bulk of the story.