Two Short Reviews: Weathering Old Souls by JamesJayCudney and Didi Oviatt | Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

A book about reincarnation – a subject I have never read about before. Right from the very beginning I was hooked. Twice, I missed my bus stop! Abigail, the main character is so entirely interesting, it’s very hard to stop reading. Her journey through life, adjusting to her own mind, and the adjustments her family has to make, make for absorbing reading. Definitely a unique book. I wondered how it was going to end, and was a little worried, as so often, (for me) the ending ruins a good book. But not this time! The ending was just right, all the threads drawn together perfectly. Nothing rushed, nothing forced, nothing contrived, all as it should be, has to be; I can’t imagine a different ending.

The characters were all believable; the prose was terrific; the shape and pace of the book exact. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. For an absorbing, unique story, it’s easily 5 stars.

This is one of those books which is great at the beginning. I don’t to give spoilers so I’ll try to be vague. We are introduced to Delilah (a young girl) first, and I was totally involved with her story. She was brave and strong and resourceful. I expected the book to follow her and solve the mystery. However, the book has two time lines, now, and eleven years ago. And after a while I began to find eleven years ago tedious although for the purpose of the book they were necessary. There is a massive shock which was well done, but after that, things started to slip. The other characters were believable and well done, and interestingly various.

However, towards the end, there were several new threads which felt to me to be contrived and unlikely. I can’t say any more without giving the plot away – but there are several points I would like to make. I found the ending rushed, contrived, frankly unbelievable. I was aware of the writer writing. I feel that there was a really good story to be told here but it didn’t materialize. Over all it was a readable and interesting book so I will give it three stars.

Has anyone else read these books? What did you think?

9 thoughts on “Two Short Reviews: Weathering Old Souls by JamesJayCudney and Didi Oviatt | Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

  1. That is the danger of reading on public transport – missing your stop! It’s a strong recommendation though, if you get so immersed in the reading. Too bad Kubica’s novel couldn’t live up to that.

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  2. Reblogged this on Didi Oviatt and commented:
    Thank you Elizabeth for such a fantastic review of Weathering Old Souls!

    This weekend is the last couple of days to enter into the Goodreads giveaway…

    Goodreads is hosting a FIFTY COPY EBOOK GIVEAWAY of Weathering Old Souls! If you haven’t yet entered then time is limited, so jump on over to Goodreads now. Add it to your shelves and enter to win: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56709730-weathering-old-souls

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  3. HI Elizabeth, I have also read Weathering Old Souls and I also loved it. A very unique and interesting book in which all the many threads were all neatly tied up at the end. I have not read the other book.

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