Monday, July 20, 2015

The Kindness

Thank you for visiting!  I wanted to tell you about a new cozy mystery series that will be coming out in April 2016!  It is a Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower.  The first book is called Crime and Poetry.  It is now available for pre-order!  I am looking forward to reading it.  I have not had a lot of time to read my cozies lately, but I am hoping to have time for personal reading in August!

The Kindness by Polly Samson is one of the worst books I have read this year (the title is an oxymoron for this book is not kind).  The book starts in 1989 with Julia married to Chris.  Chris has been away working and Julia (who is twenty-nine) has been having an affair with Julian (who is twenty-one and a working on his Ph. D. in English Literature).  When Chris finds out he becomes nasty and abusive.  Julia is pregnant and leaves her husband for Julian.

Then the book skips to 1997 and Julian is living at Firdaws.  Firdaws was his childhood home and he was happy when the current occupants put it up for sale.  He loved this home and was delighted to be living in it again (he does not seem to notice that Julia does not want to live in the country and prefers London).  Julia had a miscarriage and it took them four years to get pregnant again.  They had Mira Eliana.  Mira ends up sick with a tumor.  She needs cancer treatments and then surgery.  During this time the two do not communicate very well (and Julia makes many incorrect assumptions).  The book jumps around during this section (flashbacks) telling the story from Julian’s perspective (how they met, their friends, lack of communication during Mira’s illness).  Julian is mostly drunk during this section clutching a shoe (Mira’s).

About two hundred pages later we get to Julia’s side of the story in 2002.  Julia is now living in the United States with her husband (this would be her third) and two children (Mira and Ruth).  We get to find out what happened between Julia and Julian (from Julia’s perspective) and the lies she told Julian (her “kindness” is actually very cruel).  Then the book jumps to 2012 for the conclusion with Mira coming to Firdaws. 

The book does not tell the story in chronological order.  It jumps around so you are never quite sure what is going on (are you in the present or the past).  The Kindness is very choppy and confusing.  I also found it to be very predictable (expected) and sluggish (like slogging through a mud pit challenge on Big Brother).  I give The Kindness 1 out of 5 stars (really deserves a zero).  I just did not find this book enjoyable (and it really did sound good).  The Kindness will be out on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

I received a complimentary copy of The Kindness from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.  

Tomorrow I will be reviewing the Balm of Gilead by Adina Senft (an Amish fiction novel).  I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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