Sunday, January 27, 2019

Book Review: Providence

ProvidenceProvidence by Caroline Kepnes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF at 50%
There is a first time for everything, right? I am giving a book a did not finish two stars (instead of 1).

While Providence is not for me, I believe that any moderate to large H.P. Lovecraft fans will likely love it. Additionally there may be some literary fans that will also enjoy Providence. For me it was really simple; I just didn't care about any of our characters. The first 1/3 of the book was great! I loved the teenagers perspective with Chloe and Jon. And I was stoked when a huge bombshell event happens... yet I was severely disappointed that the next page after said bombshell the book jumps forward 6 years!! It felt too abrupt and took away from my interest and the pacing that had been established.
Additionally I do not like the detective character who is introduced in the 6 years section. He is dull, obsessive in a creepy way and frankly a pretty crappy husband. I do not really enjoy reading contemporary settings where the husbands treat their wives like background noise or with a nonchalant attitude. This may be a reflection of my own fear that my (now 10 year) marriage is at risk of this (as are almost all marriages after a certain period of time); but for whatever reason I am just not interested in these stories.

Overall I think there is probably some genius buried here in the Lovecraft references and story arc of the characters. I am happy that this book had me read my first Lovecraft short story "The Dunwick Horror" which is reference a multitude of times in the first half of the book. So I suppose 2 stars for sending me to classic literature (which I did enjoy) and because I do believe there is an audience for this book, it's just not me.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

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lewmew said...

I agree. Didn't finishing either

Leonore Winterer said...

I don't sounds mildly interesting, but I wouldn't call myself a Lovecraft 'fan', either. Maybe one for the maybe list, but I definitively have more interesting books to get to first :)