“I chose the day I would die”

I just finished this book and here’s what I thought about it.

Miranda Warning

by Heather Day Gilbert

My husband’s deep brown eyes glowed as he handed me the cocoa. “Maybe you’ll sleep better tonight, Rosey.” I was tired of the charade between us. I never wanted to smile at his dinner parties again. Never wanted to beg him for the children he wouldn’t give me. I’d never again clean up his clothes, covered in moonshine vomit.
I gulped the foaming, lukewarm liquid, a smile on my face. And that was the last time Paul Campbell would ever see me smile.”

Excerpt From Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert

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I’m in trouble already with this book! The grinding details and layers alone made it hard for me to get through this read. I spent so much of my reading time wishing they would just get to the point. But mastery of mystery is in the details and layers that are peeled back little by little as you read and details are fed to you in small bits prolonging the fun of the mystery.

I was not having fun! We live in a world in which I have trouble saying how I feel without alienating my audience, but when has that ever stopped me, so here goes.

Reading this book made me feel like I was sitting in a room full of middle-aged ladies as they talked about family and friends ad nauseam. But every now and then you would hear just enough interesting discourse to keep you there standing in the hall listening. Not wanting to go in and become a part of the discussion but enough to keep you from leaving.

This may be just your kind of book with the twists and turns. I, on the other hand, needed a unknown world to explore and strange and dangerous beings to meet. Yes I’m thinking about SF and making no apologies. The world of the human mind is just too real and a little scary for me.

Ok let me end this by getting to the point! I’m not going to spoil it for you by talking about the story itself because that would give away the mystery. Instead let me urge you to read this book because even though I felt forced to read the whole thing ( as I so often do ), in the end, I found myself saying to myself… “I didn’t see that coming” And after all, isn’t that why we read in the first place?

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