Review from OnlineBookClub.org
The book had a great storyline that covered a variety of controversial issues. I discovered an underlying idea that there are power and purpose in self-discovery and introspection, but I thought there an equally strong message regarding humans as social beings and the importance of social relationships. At one point McDowell believed he was a loner and found energy in isolation, yet a time came when he lost his tolerance for being alone, and he yearned for human contact. It is ironic that at times Hiram depicted people as a source of extreme conflict in his life, but at the same time, he demonstrated his need for people to maintain his sanity.
I did not want to put this book down. Throughout the story, the drama evoked a range of emotions, including love, disgust, compassion, anger, and confusion. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the intellectual challenge of trying to understand the decisions and behaviors of humans. This book is appropriate for adult readers. I enjoyed this book immensely, so I rated the book a 4 out of 4 stars.
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