|Sort of a late post today. I decided to go to the gym for
spinning class this morning and did not write today's post last night like
I often do when I am going to be gone the next morning.
Yesterday afternoon when I got back from the library I did a couple of
loads of laundry, one for Lenore and one small load of my spandex exercise
shorts. Otherwise I just worked on the poison's book some and tidied up
some CBCR stuff. We had salads and leftover Shepherd's Pie for dinner.
It was too cloudy to do any observing so I settled in last night with
some classical music and my book. By bedtime I only lacked about fifty
pages to finish so I read in bed until about midnight.
To me this was not one of Barbara Delinsky's best efforts in storyline
and characters. The book did improve as I got into but I was still a
little disappointed with this one. It may be that I could not sympathize
with the characters enough to get totally into it or this one just did not
appeal to me. I was always careful when I discussed books with my patrons
if I did not like a particular author or one of their books to allow for
my indifference rather than the authors. To me everyone's own individual
tastes decide who they read and why.
In the case of The Woman Next Door Delinsky just did not have
that depth to her characters or the plot line like she usually does. The
main characters Amanda and Graham are struggling with a fertility issue
that causes a wedge in their marriage and their relationship with his
Catholic family. A young widow is pregnant after her older husband dies
and the other women in the block all suspect their husbands as being
the father because the were all over helping her do things in the house
about the time she would have become pregnant. There are some issues with
teenagers, peer pressure, and parental pressure to be the best that brings
the entire storyline together to somewhat of an anticlimactic end.
The problem with the entire story is my personal lack of desire to have
children, the fact that I do not distrust my husband as these women did
for their various reasons, and I do not have teenage children. As a
teenager myself I was never put under that kind of pressure other than to
do the best that I can, try as hard as possible to succeed, and be proud
of myself in my accomplishments. My parents never held overly high
expectations of me that would cause me to crack under the pressure as some
parents do with the children. I have seen it many, many times not only
when I was growing up as a teen and but now as an adult.
So, the reason I may not have liked the book was more of the fact that
I could not connect with the characters rather than the storyline itself.
I usually enjoy Delinsky's books and this may just be one that did not
work for me. So, go ahead, give it a try if you are interested to see what
happens in this small cul-de-sac of four houses with four completely
different families lives all intertwined. It is very short, it only took
me two days to read it.
I think I am now ready to pick up a couple of mysteries again.
Not sure what I will do today. Most likely work a little and spend some
time playing with the dogs. Malcolm needs to get a little more running and
exercise in. He is a much happier puppy when he does. I have been gone
this past week so much and so busy I have not had enough time to devote to
having him outside playing and getting tired out.