Songs Of The Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult- A Review

So I’ve had this book on my kindle for months, I kept saying I’d read it but I always had something else on the go. I decided last week I may as well read it, and what a mistake that was.

I hadn’t read many reviews on it, I try to avoid spoilers, but I had seen a few on goodreads saying it was ok, but not great so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try!

I’ve read a couple of her books before, and they were fine. Fine, not great, not terrible. Easy reads I suppose, and I thought Songs would be the same.

As with many of Picoult’s books, it’s written from different characters perspectives in alternating characters. Usually I don’t have a problem with these types of books, but this one had no real timeline, no fluidity and switched locations regularly.

I found the characters very hard to engage with. Jane (the wife) was really annoying, to put it mildly! Her daughter, Rebecca, was typical of teenage characters, and the husband, Oliver, came across as an arrogant, self absorbed male figure.

I really disliked the plot, I won’t go into detail as it would bore me AGAIN to even think about it! Basic breakdown; childhood abuse, cycle continues, cross country fleeing and the inevitable (predictable) ending!

Begrudgingly, I gave this 1 star on Goodreads, purely because I hate to read a book and not star it after.

I have 53 books in my to-read pile, as I mentioned in my previous post, and I wish I hadn’t wasted reading time on this book!

That being said, I don’t even know where to start with choosing the next book, but no doubt I’ll find something… I always do!

Until next time πŸ™‚

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