1.0 out of 5 stars
A disappointment, to say the least, Aug. 12 2010
The book starts off with suspense and promise. However, this suspense and promise fades quickly when Garland starts to shift the focus of the book to different story lines, forcing the book to lose its momentum. It becomes annoying when the reader is in the grips of something interesting, and the author completely changes the pace of the book by introducing new characters with new story lines. His attempt to interweave the 3 different plots in the end falls short of all expectations. Unlike the three well thought out story lines in "The Hours" (by Michael Cunningham) which coalesce into a coherent and fascinating whole, the stories here simply do not have the depth to form something greater in the end. I really couldn't be bothered by the end to keep track of all the characters, nor could I care about their fates, and I skimmed the last part of the book to find out what happened. I would not recommend this book.