Saturday, July 29, 2017
Review: The Goddesses
Title: The Goddesses
Author: Swan Huntley
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Recommended If You Like: Swan Huntley's previous book, explorations of friendships and relationships, Hawaii as its own character
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
Nancy, her husband, and their two boys move to Hawaii in an attempt to save their family from falling apart. But when Nancy meets Ana, her other relationships take a backseat to Ana's magnetic personality--and Nancy not only knows, but accepts, that whatever Ana wants, she will get.
What I Liked:
This is definitely a suspenseful book. Readers know something is lurking on the horizon, and you can feel it on every page.
I really enjoy Huntley's writing style. It has a beautiful flow to it, and she can really make you see what her characters are seeing and feel what they are feeling.
Hawaii was really its own character in this book, which was great. Huntley really makes Hawaii come alive in a way that even readers who have never been there can appreciate.
Anything I Didn't Like?
This book does move really slowly. There is a lot of suspense to it, but it takes quite a while to get to what the suspense is building up to.
I also really struggled to like the character of Ana. I think this is what Huntley was going for, but I disliked Ana so much that I had trouble getting into the book and staying involved.
I also saw the big revelation at the end coming before I had even finished a third of the book. It felt really obvious to me.
I didn't love this book like I wanted to. I just had such a struggle with the characters, and being able to predict the biggest revelation from so early on really took away from the reading experience.