Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

Secrets of EdenSecrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bohjalian is a really talented writer. Exceptional. He likes to tell stories with a mystery, twist, or unexpected ending. He likes to challenge conventional notions by infusing his stories with some sort of mysticism or New Age-y-ness. (yes, not a word, but you get what I am saying, right?) This story is no exception. It is the story of an abusive marriage that ends in a murder/homicide as told from the perspective of 4 (unreliable) narrators. Each narrator sheds a differing view and fills in more of the story.

My main complaints with the book are manyfold: The surprise ending wasn't a surprise. The characters were all unlikeable. And one character (Heather Laurent) seemed completely irrelevant. The angel/aura thing was just really weird and did not add to the plot in any way. The story was too graphic (I get why, but still.)

I gave it three stars because he can really write. If you want to check out a good Bohjalian book, read The Double Bind.

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Durham said...

Have you read Midwives? I really liked that although it's been a long time since I read it. How does that compare with Double Bind?

Whitneys said...

I just don't know how you read so many books! You devour them! I need to learn to read faster. :)

Darci said...

Tiffany is right. You are an amazing reader.
I haven't had time to read since January(so sad), yet another reason I wish I was a little more like you.
Do you think Mike would like any of his books?
Miss ya!

Darci said...

You write the best reviews!

Carie said...


I read Midwives years ago and LOVED it. I have been meaning to read it again and see if I feel the same about it.

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