Sunday, July 19, 2009
Review: The Better to Hold You
This is a novel by Alisa Sheckley.
SHE KNOWS WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.
Manhattan veterinarian Abra Barrow has more sense about animals than she
has about men. So when her adored journalist husband returns from a
research trip to Romania and starts pacing their apartment like a caged
wolf, Abra agrees to move with him to a rural mansion upstate in order to save her marriage.
But while there are perks to her new life, particularly in the bedroom,
Abra soon discovers that nothing in the bucolic town of Northside is
what it seems. The local tavern serves a dangerous, predatory
underworld. Her husband has developed feral new appetites and a roving
eye, and his lack of humanity isn't entirely emotional. As the moon waxes full, Abra must choose between trusting the man she married, taking a chance on a seductive stranger, or following her own animal instincts.
This is one of the most awful books I've ever read - and I have read a great many books. I have never disliked a character the way I dislike Abra Barrow.
Abra Barrow has not seen her husband for 3 months when he comes home he is acting strange - very disrespectful. What does Abra do? Cry
Abra finds out that her husband was unfaithful in the 3 months they were apart. What does Abra do? Cry
Abra's husband tells her he needs time apart - for work. What does Abra do? Cry
Abra's husband takes her to dinner and tells her that he is moving 2 hours away to live in his childhood home in the middle of no where so that he can focus on his work - but Abra can come with him. What does Abra do? Cry. Tears of gratitude cause her jerk of a husband is willing to let her come along.
So Abra gives up everything that is important to her and follows her jerk of a husband to the middle of nowhere and what does she do when he blatantly flirts with a waitress at dinner? Cry
Finally in chapter 35 Abra tries to borrow a pair (cause goodness know's she doesn't own a pair of her own) - but it is too little, too late.
Who wants to read 35 chapters of crying just to get to a point where the female lead tries to stand up for herself? I don't! And note that I said tried - cause she didn't do it. She rolled right over and let herself be pushed out of town.
This was a waste of time and paper.
I give this book 0 stars.