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Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

Created: 10/21/17

Replies: 5

Posted Oct. 21, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
victoriah

Join Date: 08/22/17

Posts: 16

Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

Plot twists were delivered rather late in a rather subtle style (Cait's real relationship with her husband; Alice's secret comings and goings; the machinations of Emile's mother, the true depths of Jamie's character).


Posted Oct. 29, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
judyw

Join Date: 06/13/11

Posts: 39

RE: Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

Colin's book is well-written and well-paced. The twists and turns of the plot were subtle rather than the bombastic way in which many authors deliver the storyline. The quick exit of Cait to Africa was a little too difficult to believe, but made for an interesting conclusion.


Posted Oct. 31, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
lauriec

Join Date: 08/15/11

Posts: 3

RE: Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

I think the author was very effective in revealing the plot twists and found the author delivered these surprises in a nuanced and elegant manner.


Posted Oct. 31, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ritah

Join Date: 05/26/11

Posts: 38

RE: Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

For the most part, the plot twists flowed well. However, I rather expected that the man at the bar would turn out to actually be Saul, not a look-alike, as his body was never found. I thought such a diversion with the inevitable finding that she was still actually married would put Cait into an intriguing position and I would wonder how the author would have resolved that.


Posted Nov. 01, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
sandrah

Join Date: 07/18/11

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RE: Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

Well, yes for the most part. But I felt she sometimes manipulated the plot to make things happen.


"The reader lives a 1000 lives before he dies. The [person] who never reads lives only one."
George R.R. Martin.
Posted Nov. 06, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
linz

Join Date: 08/12/15

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RE: Was the author effective in revealing plot twists? Were there too many or two few?

I had the same thought as ritah about the husband, Saul! I expected him to be alive, but wanting something form Cait. Why would he show up? How would she reveal his presence to the others? I thought it took too long to get to the conclusion. I also did not think Emile would be able find her in Africa. How easy would that have been in 1890?


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