Monday, June 9, 2008

No One You Know by Michelle Redmond

I had read her first book The Year of Fog last year and rated it 4 stars. So I was very excited to get an advance copy of her next book, No One you Know, from the Early Reviewers at Library Thing. I brought it with me on vacation and it was the first book I read.

The story centers on Ellie and her sister, Lila. Or, rather, Ellie’s life before and after her sister’s death. 20 years after her sister’s murder, Ellie is looking back at her sister’s life, finally facing who might have killed Lila and working through her own personal issues.

I was not fond of this book. Ellie’s sister, Lila, was a mathematician and was working to prove a famous theory. A lot of the language in the book was very ‘mathy’, meaning only a small group of folks have every heard of these terms and theories before. I am not fond of reading detailed descriptive information in any book as my book club can attest. I am more of a ‘just give me the plot information’ and not all the flowery descriptions of the location or the people. So all this information about the high level math, the theories and proofs, was too much for me.

The characters were believable and likable. I liked the plot and the fact that Ellie had to reconsider the 'truths' of her life. The story had lots of potential

I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, especially with math and technical items. But I felt dumb reading this book when she talked math. And it was too much for me to get over and enjoy the rest of the book.

7 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I like to kick back and enjoy the book, not fumble through...bummer.

Hello! said...

Thanks J. Kaye.

Lenore said...

I just got this on a LT bookray but I HAVE to finish a few other books before I can start. I don't mind a bit of math in my books, if it makes sense to have it there. Proof (well, it was a play) was really great and it was all about math.

Michele said...

Lenore I look forward to seeing what you think of it. Thanks!

Julie P. said...

I'm kind of bummed to read your review -- I really wanted to read this one and now I'm rethinking it!

Michele said...

Julie P - sorry! I was looking forward to it too. But maybe you'll have a better experience with it. Let me know.

avisannschild said...

I actually loved this book and didn't mind the mathematical stuff, although some of it did go over my head. Even though our reactions to this book were very different, I linked to your review here.