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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The writing, though simple, was not engaging or easy to read. I also didn't care for the story, because I didn't care about the characters.
I'm sure the author had this fabulous idea, but when she put her thoughts to paper, the story just came out immature and pedestrian. Even the end, which sang sweetly, was naive - realistically what would really happen was never addressed. It's almost as if the author just gave up. Main character is Shad, who works as a bartender for Eric, a very nice man, who came from America, because he hated the cold.
Eric wanted to operate a hotel, but the hotel was destroyed by a hurricane. One day, Shad sees something on the island, thinks it's a goat, but it turns out to be a woman, Simone.
Book is set in Jamaica, and it could have been beautiful with lush descriptions of the island, the water, the greenery and the people. I just couldn't get a feel for the area, or even the bar Shad was working at, or any of the characters. The diary writing was a bit strange and not really revealing. The book just wasn't interesting, and to hear there is a series is surprising, considering the banality of the characters.
It just wasn't a positive reading experience. As you are reading this novel, you will be reading in Jamaican. The story line is interesting but some of the descriptions are repeated far too often, such as "she sucked her teeth" or "he sucked his teeth". I found it bothersome at first and then bordering hilarious because of the number of repetitions. It's worth a read but be prepared to look past musty woman smells and teeth and to read with a Jamaican dialect.
Now, anxious to keep reading the series Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Maybe I am a prejudiced reader! I grew up in the southern Dutch Caribbean. And, the lilting British West Indian speech was heard every day of my life, cradle to college for so many from different islands came to work the huge American oil refinery.
I could hear their spoken words as I read what Gillian has written. The descriptions are so perfectly familiar that I can feel them and smell them and inhale the tropical air as my eyes took in the meaning of the words on each page.
For a tropical child, the whole book, words, story, suspense, characters, local color, were expertly drawn. Not having lived in my American mother's country until I had to come to the States for college, I have always felt exiled from my native island. Gillian described the plight of a Third Culture Kid very well as she developed the characters of the siblings at the center of the story. Looking forward to Gillian Royes' further plotting the lives of Shad and his companions! One person found this helpful.
Gillian Royes has really written a good one!
When I first heard that she was writing this book, I took a wait and see attitude, hoping for the best. And Gillian came through! Not only was the book compelling to read, it also provided a wonderful look at life in a small village in Jamaica, one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean. Gillian's writing style was immensely satisfying, and her descriptions of her characters were full and very well developed. I felt I got to know her characters as my own friends. If you want to learn a little bit about life in a small village in Jamaica but don't have the time or fortune to actually live there, read this book.
Its like being there! I loved this book. The story and characters were very real to me and the plot was entertaining. Anyone who has ever been to a Caribbean island will also appreciate the setting and the characters. Gillian did a great job and I can't wait for the sequel to be released next month!! The plan for a sequel is too blatant. But she does secure the reader's interest. I'll read the next installment with interest. Engaging sorry though not exactly a "detective" story.
If he started talking about the animal, someone might row out and steal the goat.
Setting a bottle of wine on the counter, he called to Eric. Instead, and as foreigners sipping a beer often did, they would have thought that Shad was the happiest man in Jamaica—and missed the haunted look behind his eyes. They could have been forgiven, because it was easy to assume from his trademark grin, with its gap between the front teeth, that Shad was a man with few problems and a good ear; in other words, the perfect bartender.
While the bar was prepared for evening business, Eric sat on the top step, his back to Shad. The only response the younger man heard was a grunt, accompanied by a cloud of pipe tobacco, as always Canadian maple, which blew in with the sea breeze, filling the empty restaurant. When it was finally too dark to see, Eric stood and tapped the dead ashes from his pipe bowl against the step. It had brought back regrets that would linger until they took action. The next morning dawned drizzly and gray, unusual for Largo in midsummer.
Near him, Eric, his forehead lined with debt, sat at a wooden table in the bar calculating the cost of a new roof, looking up from his paperwork a few times to ask the name of a workman or a hardware store, glancing at the island while he did it. He looked up and rubbed his knees, the way he did when it rained. Anyone with a sick goat? Two days later, pushing in and straightening chairs after lunch, a broom in one hand, Shad glanced up and saw someone rowing toward the island. The bright purple and red canoe was carved from a single log, like most of the older fishing boats.
It beached on the eastern side of the island.
The mystery plot is quite predictable and was really not much of a mystery. A breathtaking new thriller series. There really isn't a lot of mystery in this book. This was a star book, for me. Read more Read less. Get book club recommendations, access to more 1, reading group guides, author updates, and more!
The rower offloaded a few bags and disappeared. In a community of five hundred in an isolated corner of Jamaica, a village without a police station or a hospital, someone had to make it their job to sniff out—and snuff out—problems even before they emerged, and Shad was that man. When the nurse in the clinic was needed, when money had to be paid to the obeah man , the magician on the hill, it was Shad they called. The purple and red boat remained a puzzle to Shad even after a few discreet inquiries.
Avoiding the fish market, where they gossiped too much for an investigation this subtle in nature, he questioned a few older fishermen who hung around the bar at night. But for all the complimentary white rums he provided, no one knew of the boat or a separated goat. It was just enough to intrigue a man who had to know. Buy from another retailer: The Goat Woman of Largo Bay. But it turns out to be Simone, an American who has run away from her professional and personal life in the U. But why does someone want to harm Simone?
And what does she have to do with the elections? Only Shad can find out. Your Cart items Cart total. Trade Paperback Trade Paperback eBook.
Buy from another retailer. I look forward to following the adventures of Shad and the inhabitants of Largo Bay. That said, the thing that makes this book impossible to put down is the author's amazing eye for the details of life in this tiny Jamaican town.
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