the time traveler’s wife
3 out of 5 Stars
The style of this book was a little odd, but it worked for the story that was being told. There were times that I felt the story was repetitive by telling the same events from the same perspective and from the perspectives of different times. This wasn’t terrible, but was a down side to the book. I felt that the ending was rather abrupt. Seemed like it stopped right in the middle of a scene which felt really disjointed with the way that the book had previously been belaboring over each event. I listened to this as an audio book. I liked that they used two people to read the book (one for each of the main characters). Both were good narrators. I found the book to be heavy with sex and felt that most of these scenes were not needed and often delayed/paused the story telling. Given the type of story, I was rather surprised when the first sex scene came up. It had previously felt like a love story that was going to focus on the emotional connection of the characters, but it digressed to the physical nature of the relationship. There are times that a sex scene really moves the story along, but I just didn’t think this book did that successfully. Over all, the story was pretty predictable, but it was still interesting to listen to the events play out. The Claire and Gomez dynamic was interesting. I wish it was explored more. I think it could have added another layer to the story. Instead this was glossed over. I won’t talk more about that because I’m not sure how without spoiling things. There were things that I found difficult to believe and had a difficult time letting go of. I found it highly unlikely that Claire would have kept the secret of Henry for so long. I find the idea that she was able to hide him around her home and family’s estate for 18 years highly unlikely. I felt that people were too quick to believe Henry’s story. The other characters were too loyal to Henry. I just didn’t buy that he wouldn’t have been fired given all the things that happened at his work place.