My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The cover of this book is what really caught my attention… because, yes, I do judge books by their covers. So sue me! It had this mysterious appeal that drew me in. Who or what is behind that half open door in the darkness? So onto the library list it went.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t quite as mysterious as I hoped it would be.
The basic premise of the story is that a woman moves to a small town community to help run her husband’s family inn. And it turns into a Desperate Housewives situation where everybody in the small down has a secret. Beyond that, there are a bunch of story lines that branch off in many different directions, which I think may be the reason I didn’t feel completely engaged. There was a lot going on. And while it eventually all tied together, while I was reading I had a hard time committing myself to any one story (let alone all of them).
The one thing I did really enjoy about this book is the gossipy turn Kristyn Kusek Lewis took. There were several times throughout that the author wrote from the perspective of townspeople gossiping in local watering holes or shops about the characters in the larger story. It added a fresh note that I appreciated and enjoyed.
While I didn’t love Half of What You Hear, I liked it enough. It held my interest and I never considered not finishing it as I was reading. I always wanted to know how things would turn out. It just wasn’t a show stopper for me.