At first I thought my expectations were just unrealistically high for this book, because Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” was so incredible and impossible to put down.
This book was really hard to pick up again after the first few chapters. Helen Knightly is a character I found impossible to like. In the first few pages she calmly murders her invalid mother. And believe it or not, it’s all down hill from there. I could not connect with or care about her, or her ex-husband or her daughters, or her dysfunctional neighbors, or anyone else who wandered across the pages doing assinine things for inexplicable reasons. Absolutely nothing about it rang true.
It is one of those stories that you keep reading because you’re sure it must have something in it somewhere to redeem itself, that it’s bound to get better…..and then it just never does. “The Almost Moon” was one of the most unsatisfying, unresolved, emotionally cold and unhappy books I have ever read.