This short Novella centers around three characters with a fourth lurking around. None of the characters have any appeal, not even Heather.
It's just a short weird little story of parental obsession over their daughter and each pathetically vying for the little Princess' attention.
I would never have reviewed the book if it were not for so many bad reviews. This Novella has certainly touched a nerve with many, so I had to see for myself if it was really that awful. In short, it's not. It's simply a little story of 134 pages clocking in at just over 22,000 words, and nothing more.
- My criticisms of this little story would be that the author fails to develop any character in Heather...she's a mystery.
- The story skips years of time in a blink of an eye.
- There's really no dialog with the characters.
- Reminiscent of old B/W movies where the story goes along and tension builds, then suddenly in the last three minutes, everything comes to an abrupt conclusion.
- For a Novella, the book is overpriced.
If this Novella were written by an unknown author, I don't believe it would ever have been published. So, some of the negativity surrounding Max Weiner's first book is probably due to fans of Mad Max expecting more and feeling cheated in story length and price, seeing this effort as what some might call an outline or fleshed out storyboard of what might become a made for TV movie...yawn!
I would not say it's bad, and I differ in opinion with all of the harsh criticisms, but I would not recommend gifting it for someone, it's simply too short and not really all that memorable.
Instead, you might want to reserve yourself a copy through Overdrive or your local library.