Book Review: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry


This book. Oh, this book. There are so many things I could say about this book, but I won’t list all of those, just a few.

First off, I liked the idea behind the story. I had bought this book at a charity book sale because I thought it seemed interesting and something I would enjoy.

After I bought the book and looked up some reviews on goodreads, I had second thoughts about reading it. However, I usually don’t rely on reviews that much because everyone has their opinions and I might enjoy something someone else doesn’t and vice versa, but boy was I wrong. All of the reviews I had read were pretty much spot on to what I was reading.

The first thing I noticed was that the story went from talking about present time and then would randomly go into the past, without any indication. No italics. No new paragraphs. No page breaks. Nothing. One sentence would be present then the next would be in the past and you wouldn’t really realize it until a few lines down. The next thing was I felt that there was way too much unneeded information and not enough needed information, especially in the beginning.

This story also changes POV’s throughout the story, without a real indication as well. It’s starts in 1st person then goes to 3rd at some points. There is also some information that I find weird that the 1st person narrator (Main Character Towner) would even know about, which is usually when you find out that is more in 3rd POV then 1st anymore.

Overall, I think that this story was not written very well. I just felt as if there wasn’t a nice flow to the story, no real timeline. That things were just sort added in at random times. The ending really confused me and disappointed me because the only reason I looked past all the things I felt were wrong in this book was because I wanted to know what happened.

The ending pretty much ruined any part of the story that I enjoyed.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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