Friday, 26 April 2019

The Eighth Sister - Review and Giveaway!

Author: Robert Dugoni
Genre: Suspense, Espionage, Thriller
Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 478
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Source: TLC Book Tour??
First Published: April 9, 2019
Opening Lines: "Zarina Kazakova stepped into the glass doors of Belyy Dom, the Russian White House, and peered out at the leaden sky threatening to suffocate Moscow."

Book Description from A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series.

Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters.
Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations—the so-called eighth sister—she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse.
Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life—against his own country.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

My Review: Normally, I don't read spy thrillers but for Robert Dugoni, I made the exception. I'm a HUGE fan of his Tracy Crosswhite series and if I want a twisty, thrilling suspense read, Mr Dugoni is my go-to guy.

The Eighth Sister is a stand-alone thriller that features a new character, Charles Jenkins, who is a retired CIA operative in his 60's. He's married with a young family and with his security business in shambles, he agrees to take an undercover case to get his business back in the black. But he learns that the job isn't what it seems and soon finds himself running for his life.

The first two-thirds of the book are a non-stop, heart-thumpin' manhunt across Russia and Europe that kept me on the edge of my seat and wishing for a bout of insomnia. Ya, it was that good. The last third is a legal drama and I'll admit that my interest faded just a bit. I like the occasional legal drama but found this one got bogged down in the details when I would have preferred keeping the initial momentum of the hunt going.

The secondary characters are a diverse and well-rounded bunch and include an awesome female Russian spy, an ambitious and well-matched FSB nemesis (FSB being the successor of the KGB) and Jenkins' friends and family back home. But it is Jenkins himself, who will keep readers riveted. He's a well-developed main character (I kept picturing an older Idris Elba - le swoon) with smarts, mad spy skills and a healthy dose of integrity. Long-time Dugoni fans will also enjoy seeing lawyer David Sloane (from a previous series) make an appearance in this book.

Overall, this is a must-read for Dugoni fans who will enjoy this tense, action-packed and clever suspense read. If you haven't picked up a book by Robert Dugoni, what are you waiting for? 

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Thomas and Mercer and TLC Book Tour for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


The generous folks at Thomas and Mercer and TLC Book Tours have given me one copy of The Eighth Sister to giveaway (sorry, only open to Canadian and US residents).  Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

Author: Alicia Elliott
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Canadian
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Source: Publisher
Publisher: DoubleDay Canada
First Published: March 26, 2019
Opening Lines: "He took his glasses off and rubbed the bridge of his nose the way men in movies do whenever they encounter a particularly vexing woman."

Book Description from GoodReads: A bold and profound work by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a personal and critical meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America.

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism. What are the links between depression, colonialism and loss of language--both figurative and literal? How does white privilege operate in different contexts? How do we navigate the painful contours of mental illness in loved ones without turning them into their sickness? How does colonialism operate on the level of literary criticism?

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is Alicia Elliott's attempt to answer these questions and more. In the process, she engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, writing and representation. Elliott makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political--from overcoming a years-long history with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft dinner to how systematic oppression is linked to depression in Native communities. With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott extends far beyond her own experiences to provide a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: Brutally honest and intelligent, emotional and eye-opening, Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott has written a collection of essays that discuss issues that have influenced, and continue to influence her life - from the mental health problems within her family, abuse and poverty to the effects of colonialism on generations of Indigenous peoples as a whole.

Elliott is insightful and both vulnerable and wonderfully unapologetic as she weaves her personal experiences with social critique. She adds bits of humour here and there and her anger is clearly felt and often articulated to the reader. 

This is not an easy read but it is a necessary one that shows how the effects of the past are on-going and cannot be swept under the rug with a quick apology if we are to ever fully achieve reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians. Hopefully, this book will help non-Indigenous people better understand the on-going legacy of colonialism, cultural genocide and oppression that continue to pervade our society.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Domestic Geek's Meals Made Easy

Author: Sara Lynn Cauchon
Genre: Cookbook, Canadian
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 239
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Published: April 23, 2019
Opening Lines: "Hi There! I'm guessing that if you're reading this, you want to eat better; that healthy eating is important to you and that you want to do more o fit. But also that you're busy - working, studying, generally being awesome - and what little time you do have, you don't necessarily want to spend in the kitchen. I get it."

Book Description from GoodReadsWith more than 1.4 million followers and over 100 million video views, The Domestic Geek is one of YouTube’s most popular cooking shows. Fans adore host Sara Lynn Cauchon’s fresh, fun, no-fuss style of cooking, and her easy recipes are big on flavor and have a healthful twist. Readers won’t find any fancy, hard-to-pronounce ingredients here, nor will they have to make a trip to the health food store to prepare delicious dishes like Greek Chicken Soup, Veggie Fried Quinoa, or Easy Peasy Risotto.

 Sara Lynn teaches fans how to master basic cooking techniques while offering loads of variations, like her sheet pan supper series that includes recipes for Ranch Roasted Chicken & Veggies, Chili Lime Shrimp Fajitas, and Halibut with Green Beans, Tomatoes & Olives. For cooks who want to mix it up in the kitchen, Sara Lynn offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free alternatives, as well as simple swaps to make recipes more family-friendly.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I am new to the world of The Domestic Geek. Apparently, I live under a rock because Canadian foodie Sara Lynn Cauchon introduced herself to her YouTube audience five years ago and since then has built up quite the following with her videos and posts on Twitter and Instagram.

This cookbook, which publishes today (April 23, 2019), has over 100 recipes with Cauchon's signature down-to-earth personality shining through. Along with the recipes, she includes various 'swap' ideas for ingredients so home cooks can adapt the recipes to their personal tastes and includes her 'meal prep musts' to help home cooks get ahead of the game so hectic weeknight meals don't mean hours in the kitchen.

Her recipes are on the healthier end of the spectrum but don't lack in taste, nor do they leave you with hunger pangs before you've even left the table. Recipes are clearly labelled for different diets (vegetarian, pescatarian ...) as well as allergens.  Enticing colour pictures are included for some of the recipes but unfortunately, nutritional information is not provided for those who require it.

My advanced copy has many colourful 'stickies' of dishes I still want to try out but I can personally vouch for her Easy-Peasy Risotto which was delicious (I also added some Sun-dried tomatoes - I luurve them!) and I enjoyed the various spice blend recipes she offers - especially the Ranch seasoning which gives the old stand-by roasted potatoes a new lease on life!

Overall, this is a good cookbook for the average home cook who wants to eat better but doesn't want to forgo great taste. With options for a variety of taste buds and food choices, this cookbook is a good option for home cooks.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Penguin Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this cookbook in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Forty Words For Sorrow

Author: Giles Blunt
Genre: Suspense, Canadian
Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: Vintage Books Canada
First Published: 2000
Series: #1 in the John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery series
Opening Lines: "It gets dark early in Algonquin Bay. Take a drive up Airport Hill at four o'clock on a February afternoon and when you come back half an hour later, the streets of the city will glitter below you in the dark like so many runways."

Book Description from GoodReadsIn the quiet Canadian town of Algonquin Bay, a frozen body has been found in an abandoned mine shaft. She is quickly identified as Katie Pine, a teenager who had disappeared months ago. At the time, Detective John Cardinal insisted that Katie was no ordinary runaway. His relentless pursuit and refusal to give up on the case got him demoted from Homicide.

But now the Canadian police force wants Cardinal back on the case—with a new associate by his side. And as these two untrusting partners gather evidence of a serial murder spree, a pair of sociopaths is closing in on the next victim. 

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I picked up this book based on the recommendation of one of my library patrons who insisted that I read this Canadian mystery series. Of course, I'd heard of Giles Blunt but I had yet to pick up one of his books.

The main story begins when the police find the body of a 13-year-old Indigenous girl police had long ago assumed had runaway. Cardinal had been obsessed with this case in the past and it had damaged his career, but he eagerly takes the case which soon unearths more missing teens and gruesome murders. There's also a secondary story line involving Cardinal's potentially not-so-squeaky-clean past and includes the addition of his new partner, Lise Delorme who, unbeknownst to Cardinal, works for Special Bureau and is investigating him. 

Going into this book I expected a mystery, but this is more of a thrilling chase to catch the bad guys since we find the identity of the culprit early on. There's still a good amount of tension but it was more of a slow burn kind of read for me with some aspects of the crime much gorier and sadistic than I had anticipated making me quite squeamish.

Shortly after starting this book, I began recognizing street names and locales that reminded me of North Bay, Ontario - the town where my dad was born and raised, where we had a cottage on Trout Lake and where I still have a lot of family. When I looked into it, I realized that Giles Blunt was a long-time resident of North Bay and Algonquin Bay is, in fact, the thinly disguised city of North Bay. I always enjoy when Canadian authors keep their books in Canada and I especially enjoyed the Canadiana that is sprinkled liberally throughout.

This is a great start to this new-to-me, why-didn't-I-pick-it-up-earlier suspense series. John Cardinal is an intriguing main character who has his share of flaws, a questionable past and a lot on his plate family-wise but is still a guy readers can get behind. The story is a well-written, gritty police procedural filled with grisly crimes and readers will enjoy Cardinal and Delorme's unrelenting chase to find the culprit.  

Favourite Quotes"Eskimos, it is said, have forty different words for snow. Never mind about snow, Cardinal mused, what people really need is forty words for sorrow. Grief. Heartbreak. Desolation."

Thursday, 18 April 2019


Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein
Genre: Historical Fiction - WWII
Type: e-book
Source: publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Crown Publishing
First Published: April 23, 2019
Opening Lines: "1989 - She sits in a sea of tangled sheets and blankets, amid the white crests of packing peanuts and age-curled pages of letters pri3ed from their envelopes with increasing feverishness."

Book Description from GoodReads: An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist
East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war's final months? But now Ilse's ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother's letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.
Berlin, 1933
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege--and Ilse's increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion...
An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is a at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
My Review: Wunderland is a Historical Fiction page-turner that brings readers into the lives of two teenage friends, Ilse and Renate, who have vastly different perspectives and experiences during World War II.

The story begins in 1989, shortly after Ilse's death, when her daughter, Ava unearths Ilse's long-held secrets. The story then heads back in time, to Berlin in the late 1930's when Ilse and her best friend Renate are teenagers. It's through the bond of these two young women that we get varying views of the war and witness the disintegration of their friendship and the reasons for it.

What made this book stand out from the many, MANY WWII Historical Fiction books I've read, is how Epstein vividly describes what life was like for German citizens leading up to and including WWII. She describes the rise of the Nazi regime and their horrific methods of growing their power and shows how some German citizens began to believe the propaganda and felt justified when they participated in fear mongering and terror of their own neighbours. She also reveals the dire restrictions, discrimination and abuse Jewish families faced from their own government as well as the pitiful aid from other countries as they tried to flee.

While there's a fair bit of jumping back and forth between time lines (and one that I was less invested in), in the end, Wunderland is an engaging read with story lines that merge into an incredibly revealing look at the rise of Nazism within Germany. But ultimately, the focus on the poignant, heart-wrenching tale about a complicated friendship, long-held secrets, loss and betrayal is what will keep readers glued to the pages.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Crown Publishing for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, 15 April 2019

The Stillwater Girls

Author: Minka Kent
Genre: Suspense
Type: e-book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
First Published: April 9, 2019
Opening Lines: "Sixty-three days - that's how long Mama's been gone. I drag my chalk against the blackboard, marking a jagged X across NOvember twenty-first on our calendar."

Book Description from GoodReadsTwo sisters raised in fear are about to find out why in a chilling novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Thinnest Air.

Ignorant of civilization and cautioned against its evils, nineteen-year-old Wren and her two sisters, Sage and Evie, were raised in off-the-grid isolation in a primitive cabin in upstate New York. When the youngest grows gravely ill, their mother leaves with the child to get help from a nearby town. And they never return.

As months pass, hope vanishes. Supplies are low. Livestock are dying. A brutal winter is bearing down. Then comes the stranger. He claims to be looking for the girls’ mother, and he’s not leaving without them.

To escape, Wren and her sister must break the rule they’ve grown up with: never go beyond the forest.

Past the thicket of dread, they come upon a house on the other side of the pines. This is where Wren and Sage must confront something more chilling than the unknowable. They’ll discover what’s been hidden from them, what they’re running from, and the secrets that have left them in the dark their entire lives.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I went into this book based on the recommendation of a fellow book blogger on Twitter. Word of mouth books are the best, aren't they? I hadn't read anything by Minka Kent in the past so knowing my fellow book blogger and I had similar tastes, and with a brief read of the blurb, I grabbed a copy. Going in, I expected a creepy suspense read and ended up with a hard-to-put down domestic thriller with a twist that I didn't see coming.

The plot has two, equally balanced, story lines. The first, has a creepy vibe as readers are introduced to two teenage girls, Wren and Sage, who have been abandoned by their mother in a remote cabin in the woods. The second story line has a very different feel and follows Nicolette, a young woman who is married to a successful photographer and longs for a child.  As the book progresses, readers get the points of view of Nicolette and Wren and as these two stories merge together, pieces fall into place (although probably not where you thought they would) which result in an enjoyable, twisty read.

I read it almost in one sitting so prepare to get nothing else don't once you turn the first page. You have been warned! This is an engrossing read that handles two narratives well and while some aspects were predictable, the twists that Kent throws in made this an engrossing page turner for this seasoned suspense reader.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

They Call Me The Cat Lady

Author: Amy Miller
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Type: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Bookouture
First Published: April 26, 2019
Opening Lines: "The key to Nancy Jones's heart dropped through her letter box at 7:35am, as she carefully shared our cat biscuits into five blue saucers."

Book Description from GoodReadsYou’ve seen me on the street. You’ve walked past my house, and pointed, and wondered. The cat lady. All on my own, with only my five cats to keep me company. Did no-one ever tell you that you can’t judge a book by its cover?

Everyone in town knows Nancy Jones. She loves her cats. She loves her tumbledown house by the sea. She loves her job in the local school where she tries to help the children who need help the most. Nancy tries hard not to think about her past loves and where those led her.

Nancy never shares her secrets – because some doors are better kept locked. But one day she accepts a cat-sitting request from a local woman, and at the woman’s house, Nancy sees a photograph, in a bright-red frame. A photograph that opens the door to her painful past…

Soon Nancy doesn’t know what frightens her the most: letting her story out, or letting the rest of the world in. It’s impossible to find companionship without the risk of losing it. But can Nancy take that risk again?

A heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of love lost and found, and of second chances, They Call Me The Cat Lady is perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: This is a charming, gentle read about a woman who has lived through many of life's tragic events and has found solace within her small, insular world with a gaggle of felines she calls family.

While I didn't find it quite the emotional punch that the blurb describes, it does have an interesting main character that readers can root for as well as a diverse group of secondary characters to round out the cast. The author smoothly introduces bigger issues into the plot, I enjoyed how the life events that have caused Nancy to shy away from the bigger world were revealed to the reader.

This is a heartwarming, fairly predictable but enjoyable, character-driven story that explores how one woman works through her personal tragedies and in doing so broadens the reclusive world she had created around herself. Thankfully, you don' t have to be a cat lover to enjoy this sweet book.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

When We Left Cuba - Review & Giveaway!

Author: Chanel Cleeton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Type: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Berkley
First Published: April 9, 2019
Opening Lines: "It arrives just after midnight, in the waning hours of night, those magical haunting hours, bundled in an elegant basket adorned with an exuberant red bow, delivered by an officious man in a somber suit who leaves as quickly as he comes, ferried away form the stately Palm Beach address in a silver Rolls owned by one of the island's most notorious residents."

Book Description from GoodReads: In 1960's Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart.

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review: When We Left Cuba is a companion novel to Cleeton's popular Next Year in Havana which continues following the Perez family during the tumultuous 1960's when they were forced, like many Cuban families, to flee their country and find asylum in the US.

I wanted and expected to love this book as much as Next Year in Havana but there were a few things that got in the way. First, there's a lot going on in this book but the story felt like it lacked direction. We have the Perez family dynamics (which play out in the background) and there's an elicit romance (which distracted from the political espionage) and a story that follows the politics of the time and how it influenced Cuban refugees living on US soil

I liked the premise of continuing the Perez family story through the eyes of another sister. In this book, the focus is on Beatriz - the head-strong, confident sister who goes against social convention and whose main goal is to return to her beloved homeland. I love that Beatriz is a strong female character, but I didn't find her compelling or that she developed enough which influenced my connection to her and her story.  

Overall, this is an interesting book that brings to light the political tensions and the personal sacrifices many Cuban citizens faced during a volatile period in history. While I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as Next Year in Havana, I still recommend it for people who want to learn more about the history and politics of the 1960's and get a better idea of how they effected Cuban people and their culture. 

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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Monday, 8 April 2019

The Huntress

Author: Kate Quinn
Genre: Historical Fiction
Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 560
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: William Morrow Books
First Published: February 26, 2019
Opening Line: "She was not used to being hunted."

Book Description from GoodReadsIn the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancĂ©e, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth. 

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review: The Huntress is the talk of the town for Historical Fiction lovers. Fans will remember Kate Quinn's previous book, The Alice Network which also garnered much praise from readers and with The Huntress, Quinn once again, centres her story around strong women surviving in dangerous times. 

The story about the post-war hunt for a WWII murderess is told using three story lines so there is a lot of switching back and forth between characters and time lines. These transitions weren't always smoothly done but the biggest issue I had with this book was its length. I loved the premise, but this is an excessively long read that often gets bogged down with too many details. 

While I enjoyed learning about The Night Witches, there were a few times when it felt like historical details were dumped into the plot and I felt too much page time was devoted to the minutiae of Nina and Jordan's daily lives when I just wanted to get back to the manhunt for die Jagerin (the Huntress). But this hunt doesn't happen until the last 10% which I found frustrating. And the fact that the reader already knows The Huntress' identity takes away from the tension and results in a predictable read.

While it is evident that Quinn researched the era well and had an interesting premise, I found the execution and the weaving of the three story lines weaker than expected and with its lack of tension and excessive length, I found it detracting enough that I liked, but didn't love this story.

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