Monday, December 8, 2014

The Man with the Blue Hat by Wendy Potocki [2 .5 stars]

From the Description:

Beth's life is perfect, but then she's constructed it to be that way. She never steps outside the boundaries and never colors outside the lines, but something happens to crumble it all away. Something in the middle of the night--something no one can remember. Something that brings on a spate of insomnia that affects the entire community.

When Sadie, the town drunk, accuses her of being the cause, she reacts in shock and fervent denial, but Sadie is insistent. She's certain that an evil Beth committed is the cause of bringing ruin and calamity to their fair city. Beth knows it's all untrue, but as the sleepless nights continue, the paranoia grows. Soon a chorus of voices are added to Sadie's--even her best friend's. Fighting the tide rising against her, her adamant defense begins to falter when a strange man knocks on her door. Delivering an ominous message to her daughter, Kirsten, it strikes at the heart of the mystery, and portends a horrific fate that awaits them all.

While I do have to say this was a very original idea I had a really hard time getting into this book. All of the characters were passive/aggressive to the point I wondered why they were supposed to be friends, and that was BEFORE the deep secrets came out! I found it hard to care about the characters or even find something to relate to. The only exceptions were Kristan and Tommy. The shrunken head was creepy, but not much else. That being said it was well written, and I hold out hope that other books by Ms. Potocki will be better, 2.5 stars.

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