REVIEW: The Red House

THE RED HOUSE - Mark Haddon

“Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister, Angela, and her family for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just remarried and acquired a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a husband whose career has collapsed and three children who sometimes feel alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, staples of family gathering the world over.”

*NOTE: Summary lifted from book jacket.

*SIGH* Again with the teeny tiny photo. Sorry. :(

Anywayy…

WHEW! That took a while. Just so you know, this book probably took me the longest to finish this break. And that is a surefire way to tell I did not enjoy reading a book (e.g. number of days spent reading a book is inversely proportional to enjoyment). HAHA! Aside from the alternating viewpoints (which I could usually overlook were there not so many characters), I felt the story came across flat. Well, almost flat. There were times in each character’s storylines when it came close to a climax but never really progressed so you’re kind of left hanging. And of course, since there is no climax, you don’t get a resolution either. Also, the story’s a bit on the angst-y side and without a resolution, you’re just left with a sort of heavy feeling at the end. Definitely not good. Unless, you’re into that.

I have a couple more books lined up for the holidays so here’s to hoping I enjoy at least one of them. CHEERS!

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