This is the second novel I have read by Chris Bohjalian, the first of which was The Double Bind. The books couldn't be more different. They were both good but The Double Bind was filled with twists and turns and an ending that left you stunned to the point that you wanted to immediately read the book again because you couldn't believe that you had missed what was going on.
I guess I was expecting Before You Know Kindness to be kind of the same so I kept trying to read between the lines so that I would know the ending before it happened. Well, as it turned out, I did know the ending before it happened but not because of any twisting and turning plots but only because it was a normal, everyday novel about family dynamics and you wanted everything to work out for them so it does.
I wouldn't run out and buy this book nor will I ever read it again but I don't feel as if I wasted my time reading it. It was a nice little escape and it was nice to see a family that could survive their differences by loving each other just a little more.
Not sure what I am picking up next but we will be heading north again tomorrow so I definitely will be starting something new.
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