Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: out now
Formats: Kindle ($10), Paperback ($9), Hardcover ($12)
After 2.5 months of trying to be interested enough in this book to finish it, I finally conceded that I don’t care enough about the story to be bothered. I’ve been sitting at page 193 (not quite halfway through) for at least a month. Today I decided to skip to the final chapter and couldn’t even finish that.
What’s the problem? The writing is superb, the details succinct, the topic heavy. But… the characters are wooden. They don’t have much personality, and what’s there is either unlikable or bland. There’s no real hook at the end of each chapter, which makes it easy to put down if you don’t have a lot of time, but also gives you no reason to pick it back up. The dialogue is too witty too often, giving a feel of unrealistic banter.
I had high hopes for this book but it just wasn’t for me.