Monday, March 8, 2010

Carol Goodman; Arcadia Falls

  • ARC
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 9, 2010)

There once was a girl who liked to pretend she was lost. . . .

Meg Rosenthal is driving toward the next chapter in her life. Winding along a wooded roadway, her car moves through a dense forest setting not unlike one in the bedtime stories Meg used to read to her daughter, Sally. But the girl riding beside Meg is a teenager now, and has exchanged the land of make-believe for an iPod and some personal space. Too much space, it seems, as the chasm between them has grown since the sudden, unexpected death of Meg’s husband.

    Dire financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take Meg and Sally from a comfortable life on Long Island to a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York: Arcadia Falls, where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage Meg and Sally are to call home feels like an ill portent of things to come, but Meg is determined to make the best of it—and to make a good impression on the school’s dean, the diminutive, elegant Ivy St. Clare.

St. Claire, however, is distracted by a shocking crisis: During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire, one of Meg’s folklore students, Isabel Cheney, plunges to her death in a campus gorge. Sheriff Callum Reade finds Isabel’s death suspicious, but then, he is a man with secrets and a dark past himself.

Meg is unnerved by Reade’s interest in the girl’s death, and as long-buried secrets emerge, she must face down her own demons and the danger threatening to envelop Sally. As the past clings tight to the present, the shadows, as if in a terrifying fairy tale, grow longer and deadlier.

My Review

  I am sitting here trying to figure out the best way to start this review. So I am just going to jump into the characters.  Meg is a recent widow whom sometimes I find annoying. At times I felt she was making choices that shock me. Then other times she seems so strong willed about finding her way after her husband is gone. Such as finding a new job packing up and moving herself and her daughter to the school where she would teach.
   Sally also seemed to annoy me. She seemed like a brat. Even though I got that her father just died but she seemed to ALWAYS take it out on her mother. She seemed to have a turn around later in the book which let me dislike her a little less.
Both Sally and Meg fit so well into the book it made it come to life. So they maybe annoying at times but it worked for the book.
   All the characters were well rounded and played well into the book.
As for the plot, Well I don't want this to turn people off from this book because it did finally build up. The beginning was slow paced, But mid-way through it went flying. It had me guessing. Nothing ended up being what I thought was going to happen. 

  The book had so many great aspects, Forbidden Love, Murder, Deceit, mystery. You were definitely left thinking about this book.

To check out Carol Goodman and her other book click Here!


Linda said...

A good honest review. I won this book but haven't received it yet. I hate when you see the bad choices the characters make coming!
A SITS friend

Kimberly Franklin said...

At least this book has great cover!

Melissa said...

Great review!!! I love the cover of this book, but I doubt it's going to make it onto my enormous TBR pile anytime soon ;)

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea but I enjoyed your review :D

Milli said...

Great review. This book doesn't really fit my taste.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Great review! This one looks really intriguing!

brizmus said...

Okay, annoying characters with slow buildup. . .hmmmm. I might pass on this one.

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