Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
This is a wonderful book – the best book I have read in a long time. I almost didn’t check it out, because I thought the abduction section would creep me out too much. It isn’t at all too creepy, though. It’s a fascinating and beautifully written book. I couldn’t put it down. I sympathized with the protagonist throughout and found the book entirely satisfying. I think Thomson’s exploration of the effects of trauma is sensitive and intelligent.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
being that I stayed up till all hours last night laboring through this trite novel in hopes of some revelation that the title suggests; I’m cranky and tired but I’ll try to keep my opinion professional. It rather disturbs me that this book had been recommended to me by several women. Has this become some kind of feminist manifesto? I hope not. The novel is told in a draggy first person narrative. Every other paragraph begins with grade school sentences like “As I looked at the trees in the park, I couldn’t help but feel like…” or “I couldn’t help but feel, as I looked at…” Quite honestly I found the main character self-centered and self obsessed, but somehow we are led to believe his vanity is warranted due to the fact that he is a dancer. Regardless of his profession, he is a bore, and unfortunately, their is no escape from this characters every self reference & petty meanderings from pg 1 t the unfullfilling end. I beg you, please do nothing to add to the hype of this novel.