Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: "The Fragile World"

The Fragile WorldThe Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of the Kaufman family, Curtis and Kathleen, their musical prodigy son Daniel, and his younger sister Olivia. When Daniel, away at college, is killed by a careless driver while walking home from a pizza parlor, things begin to unravel for the rest of the family. The point of view alternates between Curtis and Olivia. Normally, I'm not a fan of shifting point of view, but here it was the only way to tell the story because the characters keep secrets from each other, but the reader needs to know.

I found this novel highly readable, and I cared about all of the characters. The ending threw me a little bit, or at least, a detail about the ending did. Definitely a good read and an author I would gladly read again. 

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Cloudia said...

Clean and effective review!

ALOHA from Honolulu

ellen abbott said...

I'll have to look for it.

Sara said...

This was a great review. Just enough to get my interest, but not overly flowery to make me hesitate.

I also liked what you said about the POV. I don't mind shifting points of view as long as it's not overdone, but you right, it is sometimes necessary in order to tell a story.

Mama Zen said...

Sounds pretty good!