The Lola Quartet

Written by Emily St. John Mandel

Peel: This was not a suspenseful mystery as it was described; instead it’s a drama examining a set of friends’ past and current lives. Between a runaway, theft, and a pregnancy kept secret- their connections to one another have become quite convoluted.

Had I realized quite how much emphasis was placed on the drama rather than the noir mystery aspect, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book. As it was, I apathetically trudged through this book. I didn’t find any of the main characters particularly interesting or likable, and they only seemed like full characters towards the end; I was rather happy when one character was rightfully fired from his job. Mandel would often switch the point of view between characters, so that the reader knows practically everything that’s going on. The very first chapter starts off with some suspense, but it isn’t maintained. The plot tended to wander into dramatic mundanities, and the most interesting bits of the protagonist thinking like a detective weren’t as strong, as the reader knew far more than the protagonist. There was one interesting conversation between two characters about justifying murder, but it’s not discussed at length or any great depth. The language was easy to read, and there were quite a few references to pieces of music that amused me. Thus far, many other readers have enjoyed this book, but it simply wasn’t my cup of tea.

Nibble: “For a moment he was flattered that they’d called him a star journalist, then he realized they just meant he’d been a journalist for the Star.”

I would recommend this to someone who enjoys simple dramas. {Click for a more complex drama.}

My Rating: 1 out of 10 warm yellow apples

I received an advanced free copy of this book from the publishers, Unbridled,via NetGalley.

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