|The Kestrel Waters Synopsis|
I found several issues with this book along with a few highlights. The language the book is written in while appropriate for the characters, setting, and time, is very hard to understand. I had to re-read the first "chapter" (they are actually called verses throughout the book) about four times before I could grasp what was actually being said and even then it was iffy. I would call it redneck southern hillbilly. I grew up in Arkansas so I understand that this language actually exists and sadly people do talk this way I just don't know that using it as a writing style is a good idea. I finally got the hang of words like spake (spoke) and the broken sentences about 40-50 pages in. The storyline is in no way straightforward, the book starts at the end, and then jumps back into the past and continues from there until time catches up with itself at very end of the book. There are numerous questions presented throughout that are never really answered. There are breadcrumbs so that you can deduce some of the answers but nothing is ever really explained. There were a few verses where I swore that I missed something but when I looked back I realized nope we just skipped over how that happened. This was not one of those books I had trouble putting down. I found it kind of boring for the most part. I would almost say there was no climax, and who wants to put in all that effort for no climax? I mean really. The storyline while discombobulated was ok once the puzzle is pieced together and you know what is going on, which takes the majority of the book. I actually enjoyed the last 75 pages or so since something interesting was finally happening, but then the end came and bam more questions no answers the end. Is this a new style I'm not aware of? I feel like this is happening a lot in the books I've been reading lately. I don't like it... On a more positive note there are some pretty great quotes in the book. They are mostly song lyrics but I think there may be some poetry in there also. There was one I liked enough to mark the page and write it down, which means the effort wasn't a total bust.
I'm thinking this just wasn't my style of book. There was a lot of remembering and holes to fill in and that seems like a lot of work for what should be a relaxing habit. So if you like puzzles, remember little details and are not easily distracted you may enjoy this book more than I did.
Rating ~ 3