Hvor Floder Ender
Title: Where the River Ends
Author: Charles Martin
Published in English: 2008
Dansk titel: Hvor Floder Ender
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2009
Finished Reading: April 2019
Genre: Romance & Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina’s most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they’d found their true soul mate.
Ten years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of ten things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss is there, too, supporting her and making everything possible. Together they steal away in the middle of the night to embark upon a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary’s River—a voyage Doss promised Abbie in the early days of their courtship.
Might as well admit it right off the bat, I expected great things from this book, I was dead set on having a nice long cry, instead I fell asleep like a million times during this very short read, come on, 300 pages? Think I stopped during pages more times than I could count, at first I thought it was because I wasn’t sitting comfortably or because I was tired, however, the more days I spend trying to read a chapter, the more furious I became.
I read a bunch of reviews of this book and though that this was going to be epic, but I can’t see why people fancy this book so much, I’d rather watch paint dry than ever reading this book again.
My first issue with this book is the writing style. I’ve never ever come across this type of narrating, where someone is telling a story rather than someone storytelling. We are embarrassingly aware of the teller rather than almost experiencing the book as a movie behind my eyes.
The concept of the book was great but the execution was devastatingly boring. Nothing happen for such a long time, by the time some sort of plot started evolving I nearly forgot everything that happened the first seven chapters. The characters were boring and without personality, very generic. The romance in the book seemed force for the most part. The only reason this book gets two stars is the ending. In the last few chapters, the writing touched me deeply. It was the only time I felt the character’s stories mattered and I was glad I finished it even though it was a long struggle.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this book – but luckily, we’re all different, liking different genres, narrations and whatnot, so if you come across it and want to give it a shot, I’d say go for it, but hunting the book down, like I did, isn’t worth the struggle.