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I liked the storyline, and the fact that the characters were not 'picture' perfect. They each had their issues they had to work through. What i really wanted was more from Remi- and i can't say more than that. The writing was good and I would probably read the rest of the series.
If this is typical of an American family god help America, what were we supposed to feel for the main character,the father, other than contempt, if that was the plan, you succeeded. Having said that, the writing style kept me hooked through both books hoping he would get his just desserts.
Well let me start off by qualifying this glowing review with this: this whole story takes place in the city where I grew up, Woodstock, GA. So reading about all the parks and places in and around Woodstock was like literally just walking down memory lane. I spend many a night at Hobgood park right where our characters are multiple times. So obviously I was going to love a book that took place in a town so dear to me. Now to the story, I have read this author's other 2 novels and while I liked them, this one was his best yet. The story was captivating and thrilling. While it was not a long book at all, he does a wonderful job at painting a picture of all the characters. I think that was one of the most impressing parts to me, honestly, is that in a very short amount of time, there is amazing character development. I found myself getting involved in the characters very quickly. Then the mystery part of the story was very well laid out. There were some good twists and original thoughts when it came to the mystery of the disappearance of Ramie. I thought the author did a really good job of keeping your on your toes with how he unfolded the case. He wove the case in beautifully with the family story. At the end of each chapter I couldn't put it down. I kept having to read the next chapter then the next, until I was completely finished. Many times you read a suspense/thriller/fiction, crime story and the build up is amazing but the ending was poor. Well that was definitely not the case here. The book finished very nicely by not leaving any major loose ends or major cliffhangers. While at the same time there is a lot of room for expansion of the story and the characters involved. I give this book a definite 5/5 and I cannot wait to read the next one
In a rare lapse of judgement, I ordered both books at the same time. I wish I'd stopped after the first one. The premise is very intriguing, but the execution is flat, flat, flat. All telling, no showing. The main character, Isaac, is a whiner. A sniveling whiner, even. This trait killed much of the sympathy or good will I should have felt for him. His adult children were either too good to be true, or too naive to survive. The real tragedies they faced were minimized by the lackluster writing. Everybody in these books fell in love at first sight, and married quickly. The love stories were ridiculously unreal and kind of cartoonish. Added to all of this, the author has no idea of how to describe a woman's appearance without using the word "thick". Not fat, per se <----- a direct quote - but "thick". Not voluptuous, not curvy in the right places, not full-figured, not even an ample bosom. Not pleasingly plump. Thick. Beautifully thick. I really hated not to like these books more. I admire anyone who writes and who puts his/her work out into the public domain. It takes guts and strength to do so. But for the benefit of voracious readers like me who treasure good writing, I have to say: don't waste your time. I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars, eventually deciding on 3 because of the premise. That's overly generous, considering how far below par the execution fell.
An American family wasn't what I expected, but it's a gripping family drama that centers around how a family deals with unexpected loss. The characters in this book are deliciously flawed, each one struggling with some sort of addiction or problem.
For me, it made me think about tragedy and how we tend to paint the victims of such things as saints, when in reality they have all the same problems as anyone else. But that doesn't make the tragedy any less real or painful. And sometimes, those vices are the only way a person can survive the tragedy.
I realize that some may pick up this book for the suspense element, and there is a bit of that with an FBI sideplot, but to judge this book on that metric would be unfair. It's not what it's really about, and it's not where it really shines. Books so often tackle the fantastical, but this one stays grounded and tells a story about real people dealing with real life in the midst of horrible circumstances.
I don't love reading new to me authors, I have limited time and new authors can be risky. I want to read a book that starts strong and stays strong. I want to be entertained! An American Family did just that. I even gasped at one point! Read Jackson Baer' s book...you'll be glad you did.
I was surprised at the quality of writing. The Husband/Father was allowed to show his vulnerability and compassion in a number of trying circumstances. Although he shows a weakness for alcohol and a "wandering eye" for attractive women, our pratogonist is a good man, with strong moral values. He wants to do the right thing for those he loves, but sometimes gives in to his weaknesses. A well drawn story with unexpected insight by the author.
Sorry to give a negative review. The main character, Isaac, was unlikeable, and the writing was repetitive and lacked any kind of flow or style. There were some twists and turns that kept me reading through two-thirds of the book, though. I guessed the ending and skipped to the last couple of pages to see if I was right. Cannot recommend this book.