Friday, August 28, 2009
I hate it when a book promises something and then never delivers. This happened to me twice this year. The first time is when I read The Fetch which was supposed to be a supernatural romance without the romance. The second book is Distant Waves: A novel of the Titanic.
The title of this book is Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic. This implies that the Titanic is the setting for this book. Well, not in this case.
Jane and her sisters go off with their mother to a place in Buffalo called Spirit Vale after their father dies. Their mother talks to the dead, which was a popular thing to do during that time. Some people maybe asking where the Titanic is...and I was asking the same question.
After spending some time in Buffalo Jane's mother is invited to England for a Spiritualist conference. Things happen, I don't remember what because I was trying to figure out where the Titanic fit into this entire book.
The one problem I had was it felt like this book focuses on Jane's mother more than the sisters. Half of the book takes place in Buffalo, which I found dull and uninteresting. Nothing happens! And that's the problem with this novel. It drags. Jane's sister has a secret hidden past which comes out from left field and is dropped in the reader's lap. It's not a bad little twist but I'm not sure why it needed to be mentioned. Then we have random historical figures (Nikola Tesla, and a few others that I have forgotten) thrown into the book. Why? Meanwhile the reader is going along, waiting and wondering where the Titanic fits into this whole story.
Finally we get to the Titanic at about page 200, however by that time I had lost interest in this book and I daresay most of teens would too.
The book was well written, the characters were decent, but the plot was very slow. I thought this books title was very misleading. Maybe if the book started on the Titanic then I might have been interested in what happened to the sisters.
I wish I could have liked this novel, but I could not.
Has anyone else felt mislead by a book? If so which book and why?