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I have enjoyed Susan Dunlap's books in the past, and I was pleased to find that she was writing again. Unlike other reviewers, I liked "A Single Eye". I was drawn into the story right away, and I believe that part of Darcy's reasons for going to the retreat are unresolved feelings of guilt that she wasn't able to enter the woods to help her friend. I liked the characters, I liked the settings, and I believe that some of the other reviewers may be unrealistically critical about a new character. A new character almost never springs from its creators mind fully fledged: there are almost always rough edges. I could overlook some of the flaws, and could see the promise of this character. I liked Darcy, and I look forward to spending alot more time with her through Ms. Dunlap's books.
I was really disappointed in this book. I have read Susan Dunlap's books in the past and have really enjoyed them. This one was very boring. The main character was supposed to be a person learned in Zen. But she did not act true to life for such a character. She neglected duties that she was supposed to be doing and skipped parts of the Zen programs that she was there to do. The writing was disjointed and could not hold my interest. In the end, I was relieved to just finish the book finally. I am so sorry that I probably won't read the other Darcy Lott book.
This mystery will appeal to anyone interested in Zen Buddhism practice in Northern California. I liked the puzzle of the mystery. The protagonist is appealing and interestingly different from run of the mill "detectives."
This book was so different from the previous writings of this author that I couldn't believe that this was the same Susan Dunlap that I used to enjoy so much. What went wrong with her ability to tell a story? I don't think I've ever rated a book with one star before--but this was painful to read.