Shellag


Review from OnlineBookClub.org
Coles has done an excellent job creating a character that is nuanced, likeable but self-serving. The type of person that is likely to turn up in professional life. He has insight into human character and the motivations that drive people to make poor or even shocking decisions. The book is full of villains, but for the most part they are not two-dimensional. Like the main character, many are driven by ambition and jealousy.
Coles’ descriptions of places and people can be evocative, especially when they are not screened through the minds of some of his sexist characters. For example, when the main character ends up in a small Montana town, he describes the home of a resident so realistically it could have been my grandmother’s house.
As the story progresses, the character begins to undergo transformation. Meanwhile, the main story is interwoven with subplots involving the family and professional contacts, while McDowell, even when absent can be seen having an impact on all those who knew him. The author is skilled at holding onto all the ends of the strings and weaving them together into a sometimes suspenseful whole.
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