Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: The Tell by Hester Kaplan

The Tell by Hester Kaplan

Publisher: Harper Perennial 
Pages: 352 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Mira and Owen's marriage is less stable than they know when Wilton Deere, an aging, no longer famous TV star moves in to the grand house next door. With plenty of money and plenty of time to kill, Wilton is charming but ruthless as he inserts himself into the couple's life in a quest for distraction, friendship--and most urgently--a connection with Anya, the daughter he abandoned years earlier. Facing stresses at home and work, Mira begins to accompany Wilton to a casino and is drawn to the slot machines. Escapism soon turns to full-on addiction and a growing tangle of lies and shame that threatens her fraying marriage and home. Betrayed and confused, Owen turns to the mysterious Anya, who is testing her own ability to trust her father after many years apart.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that centers around a couple living in a very old home, the childhood home of the wife in the couple and after a tragedy in her family, she never left the home in fear of losing a connection to her family.  Her husband moves in and is marking time next to his wife's things.  A change in neighbors sparks the beginning of the book and a rollercoaster that will forever change this couple.

The actor that becomes their neighbor is fantastically quirky and there were a few older actors that I imagined while reading about his character.  I found his intrusion in their marriage to be odd and strange, but so was he, so maybe it fit.  I will not reveal what happens after he gets quite in the middle of the marriage or whatever happens to him, but he is the drama in the book and he is the center as he puts himself into the center of things.    

I guess my main issue with the book was the lack of action, it was very everyday and the author used quite a few words to describe almost everything and everyone, maybe too many.  I wanted more to happen than just the everyday.  But if you are a reader who likes a book that is just the everyday, then this would be the perfect book for you to pick up for a cozy weekend.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 87 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The tour schedule

Tuesday, January 8th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Thursday, January 10th: Excellent Library
Tuesday, January 15th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Wednesday, January 16th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, January 17th: Books in the City
Monday, January 21st: Between the Covers
Wednesday, January 23rd: Speaking of Books
Monday, January 28th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, January 29th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, January 30th: Bibliophiliac

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