Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Review: Man of the Year
Title: Man of the Year
Author: Caroline Louise Walker
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Recommended If You Like: family dramas, male narrators interspersed with female narrators, complicated relationships
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.
Dr. Robert Hart seems to have the perfect life. He's even just been named Man of the Year for Sag Harbor. But when he takes in his son's best friend, Dr. Hart begins to see that there are cracks in the world he's built.
What I Liked:
This book kept me turning pages. From the start, I could tell that something big was going to happen, and Walker had me wanting to find out more.
There were also some great twists near the end that really surprised me, something I always appreciate. I really like when the author makes me rethink all of what I've read in the book before.
I thought it was a really clever decision to have the book interspersed with chapters from the women's points of view. This broke up what could have felt like a monologue from Dr. Hart, and provided important insight into the story.
Anything I Didn't Like?
The last chapter really bugged me. I didn't feel it was necessary, and rather than adding another twist, I felt it took away from the power behind the twists that had already come-and it made things a little confusing.
I also found the characters as a whole really unlikable. I think this was the point, but it stopped me from being as invested in the book as I would have liked.
This was a good book with potential to be a great one. There were some choices that just didn't work for me.