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Cynthia Hill is a graduate of Toronto’s York University (Theatre/English). She was the winner of the Scugog Council for the Arts Literary Competition (Prose) in 2010 for her story, “The Big Thought.” She has also written and edited for several websites and blogs. In her spare time, she works with many community theatre groups.
on Sep. 03, 2013 :
Not my cup of tea....
This was not what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I assumed that when I read the expert/summary and read “extraordinary life” it was going to be full of surprises not about a pitiful woman. I like to read peppy happy stories, this was depressing. I’m not saying that I don’t ever read sad stories, I do, I love the story “Forbidden” very sad. This story threw me for a loop, I should have done a little more reading/investigating before investing my time and effort in this story, but I didn’t and therefore, I sucked it up and finished the story, with that being said on to the review.
After reading several reviews from fellow reviewers there’s really nothing else I could possibly write that would be beneficial to this story. I agree with most that this was a well written book, with no errors that I was able to see. The story line held my interest just enough to finish it, but would I re-read it? I don’t think so.
The character development for the grandmother was a lot better than the granddaughter, Lisa and yet I found myself rooting for Lisa more than Lillian.
Lillian came from one of those rare families that were never really affected much by the depression. She was privileged, raised by a cold hearted mother whom only taught her that all she had to do was look pretty and marry well, in other words, grow up and be useless, just like her. With only a high school diploma she had nothing to fall back on if things went wrong in her marriage or life, and did they ever go wrong.
How does the saying go….the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Well, Lilian sure didn’t, her mother was cold towards her and she did the same to her children. I’m surprised that her kids didn’t end up wacked! Although Lilian’s daughter did find a job that took her far away from her bitter cold hearted mother but her son stayed closed in order to keep an eye on his useless mother.
As you can tell I didn’t care for Lilian, and as for Lisa’s character I was sure that she was going to be just like her grandmother, marry well, look pretty and no need for a brain. Until, she proved me wrong and did a 360!! I believe that was the best part of the story. I found the romance that this story was in dire need of, but it was a little too late for me. The story left a sour taste in my mouth and I really cant bring myself to recommend this story to those that I follow and those very few that follow me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
Title: What Lies Behind
Author: Cynthia Hill
Format: ebook 312 pgs
Length: 21 chapters
Genre: Contemporary Adult
Cover: 2 stars
Tense: third person present
Setting: Toronto 1920’s - Present
POV: Alternates between Lilian & Lisa
Characters: Lilian & Lisa
Rating: 2 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)