Monday, August 29, 2011
Landing Place by Marina Snow
The idea behind the novel had lots of potential. It could easily have become a great thriller with a feminist touch, but unfortunately, the novel did not live to expectations.
The biggest problem is the lack of a plot. Yes, Celeste is abandoned in an airport with her children by her husband and she must decide what to do with the rest of her life, that is a great beginning, but the novel seems to stop there. Everything goes smoothly for Celeste from then on, from finding the perfect job to being able to afford her first house without incident. She just goes in and buys a house with cash. She develops a relationship with the perfect guy who has absolutely no flaws and who loves her children without effort, and her life proceeds to be a heaven that no reader out there could ever identify. We all have daily problems and struggles, there is no way to feel close to a character who doesn’t have a single problem in her life. Even the big confrontation between her old husband and her new husband is resolved too quickly.
The writing style is not bad, but the novel becomes dull as the pages turn and nothing happens. There is no tension and no fear that Celeste will get anything less than a happy-ever-after. If you like stories that are so feel good they make your teeth ache, then this one is for you. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it.