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... the explanations & resolution at the end were ... unsatisfying
The creepy premise pulled me in, & though the protagonist is decidedly odd & questionable herself, the story is well written enough, and the desire to figure out what Leo's motives were kept me reading.
Ultimately, though, it's essentially little more than a techie version of a kind of Stepford Girlfriend story with a not particularly believable resolution to the trial at the end.
I didn't hate it, but after all that buildup, it was a letdown - plus it tacks on a layer of #metoo feminism that just felt overly contrived.
Then the romantic conflict resolves as if it had been nothing at all in a happy-for-now conclusion. So yeah, a bit of a letdown. The 2 stars are mainly for how it kept me reading without wanting to put it down.
***CONTENT *** *Sex: The protagonist has sex pretty freely, & there's enough detail to give it an NC-17, but it's not salacious or erotic - it just provides enough basic details that the reader knows what's happening
*Language: moderate amount of common swears, plus 7 f-bombs
*Religion: about a dozen uses of the Lord's Name irreverently (ie "in vain"), including once as a curse
This book is poorly written, is very unrealistic and has a bunch of awful things thrown in that were not necessary. The first chapter sucked me in which is the only reason I read the whole book so I could find out the ending. I am glad I got this for free because I would have been disappointed if I spent money on it. It is very twisted, jumps all around and like I said would never happen in real life. It is like a trainwreck, it is awful but you can't help but look.
I thought I would enjoy this book more as I continued reading it. Alas, it was not to be so. From being hired as a girlfriend to the fairy tale ending it was not remotely possible to think the storyline was feasible. I couldn't take the lead character taking 15 minutes to play out "what if" scenarios for every darn situation she encountered. I couldn't stand her and was hoping she would have a different outcome. I would not recommend this book. You'd be better off reading Aesop's Fairytales in my opinion. This book is just as equally far fetched.
I saw another reviewer said that there was something that this story was lacking that they couldn't quite put their finger on - and I feel like that's an accurate description.
The villain in the story is... not too much of a villain. The story feels like we should hate them and sure the things that they did aren't great, but also aren't enough to really make the reader be horrified.
The love story/relationship in the book is also ... not really all that fleshed out. Instant attraction - physical for sure. But the basis for the emotional part of the relationship was shaky at best.
That being said, it /was/ interesting enough for me to finish in 1 sitting. I just left the entire experience feeling a bit dissatisfied.
While this was an engaging read that kept me flipping pages, I was disappointed as I got to the ending and found it played out exactly as predicted - because we were given too much info on page 1. There were several moments throughout that felt repetitive, and the ending cleared up a bit too easily. But the writing had its own voice, and I loved the passages where it felt like I was experiencing Rosemary’s mind and thoughts in real-time. It’s a quick read, but not one I’d care to or need to read again.
So, Rosemary wants to go to law school and thinks she can take care of her little sister? She has the common sense of a rock, and not a very smart rock. Plus, she`s not very likeable. The story has some compelling moments, but it tells you what`s going to happen at the beginning.
Not for me. I was waiting for something exciting to happen. They revealed a lot of the details at the beginning and I was left with nothing by the middle of the book. Had to finish it though cause I needed to know what happens lol.