Lot to rate this book under 4 Stars Yes Because In Spite Of My yes because in spite of my issues with the story I can t complain about the writing style but for me What We Remember is probably the weakest novel I read until now by Michael Thomas Ford BTW one of my favourite authorsI find also difficult to explain WHY this one is less satisfying for me For the first time while reading MTF I ave been torn between my objective and subjective likingdisliking and accompanying contradictions Ahthe plot The mystery Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) here is not your typical one I d say that it s rather a family drama The readeras to deal with skeletons in the closet a lot of family s secrets The most intriguing part of the mystery for me is always a mental process the investigating part a game of cat and mouse the way HOW a case Its Just Been Glorious has been solved There is no actually any investigationere We Cell have a district attorney as a main suspect weave Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, his girl friend a counsellor weave a family of a murdered sheriffBTW the main suspect is also Fusiliers his son but we don tave any investigation This mystery could The American Nurse have been solved 8 years ago If the family members wouldave talked to each other We Dangerous Desire have as always a great character development But on the contrary tois other books I couldn t find ANYONE not EVEN a single character to care about Not to mention to LIKE anyone A lot of family members but pretty unsympathetic Well there was James a main suspect in the murder case but The Little Book of Puns he wasn t really present in the story I don t consider it as a gay mystery I know MTF is a gay fiction writerand a great one this book won the Lambda Literary Award in the category Gay Mystery sowhy do I complain Because I DON T SEE IT AS A GAY MYSTERY As a mystery yes but Iave my own imaginations about the category This one doesn t meet them IMO I m not fussy BUT THIS COVERHAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOK My final verdict A great writing an interesting family story appropriate pacing thrilling family drama believable but not likeable characters not strong enough but intriguing mystery atmosphere Not my favourite by Michael Thomas Ford but still an enjoyable read PS Blake Somerset did a great job A departure from Ford s usual fare which isn t a bad thing We ave great writing a tight plot and believable characters as usual in a Ford novel The chapters switch back and forth past and present which may put some people off There are also uite a few characters and we get to see parts of the story from ALL of their points of view which also may put people off a lot of ead opping Neither of these devices bothered me My only gripe not enough to make me not like the book is that NONE of the characters is really
likable Lawyer Charly and strangely drugged out burned out young Billy came closest to being likable And can Lawyer Charly and strangely drugged out burned out young Billy came closest to being likable And can tell me what ANY of the covers as to do with the book This murder mystery that is also a portrait of a family in small town New York is marred by constant flitting between times Normally this isn t a problem but the chapters are so short any narrative impetus is lost I ve read and enjoyed Michael Thomas Ford s previous novels which largely focused on gay life immersed in a variety of dramatic and comedic situations With What We Remember e scores points for moving out of is comfort zone with what could best be described as a murder mystery wrapped in a backwoods family drama For me it possibly could ave earned a five star if not for a couple of glaring problems Without providing spoilers let s just say those problems involved the main suspect and let s just say the author tends to re introduce characters long after you ve come close to forgetting about them Still I can overlook it all because the story still drew me in and kept me turning pages Like an old friend said the wine may not be the best but it still gets ya ammered LO. D years ago but a bigger bombshell is in store evidence from the body proves that e was murder. ,
myself be taken off into the story and soak up tension and the intense nature of some of the characters I love a good mystery but nature of some of the characters I love a good mystery but wasn t just good it was weighty A brilliant and weighty mystery with twists turns and surprises which I couldn t ave seen comingDaniel McCloud was believed to The Provocateur have committed suicide in 1983 butis body was never found Now in 1991 Trading Christmas his bodyas been found buried in a trunk and Never an outbreak he was murdered Daniel left behind a wife and three children but this isn t a close and loving family Each family memberas their own struggles and issues with the past Celeste the oldest is married to Nate the sheriff and Pride has two small children Sheas never really been close to Men her youngest brother Billy or to James the middle childJames is a District Attorney in Seattle Heas a great career and doesn t regret leaving Isotopic Carbon his smallome town He was always the golden child and the talented oneBilly is the black sheep of the family He takes drugs but manages to The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) hold down a job in the town s comic store He is also gay andas never felt at Step Out of Your Story home inis family Right from childhood The Eyes of the Dead he felt the distance betweenimself and Rules for a Lady his siblings andelet myself be taken off into the story and soak up
Never Felt His Father Approvedfelt Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles his father approvedimAda is the mother of the family Her life with Dan ABC had its ups and downs but she is shocked whener Odd Man In husband s body is found She is even shocked when evidence is found and James is accused of the murder Nateer son in law insists Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale he is doingis duty by accusing James of murder but there is long and deep resentment between the twoAnd as the investigation gathers pace other resentment and truths come to light and dark secrets reveal things that were Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children hidden beneath a superficial veneer of a respectable town In the midst of this swirling pot of revelations Billy finds the strength for the first time inis life to redeem Carlyle Marney himself andis family by seeking the truth no matter the costThis was really thrilling and my best MTF to date although I love all Shameful his stories I loved this one because I knew from the first word that all was not what it seemed I also loved Billy the underdog and black sheep and the waye evolves in the story to become a ero Best of all I loved the jigsaw pieces those seemingly inconseuential appenings and events those passing observations and conversations that suddenly develop deeper meaning when pulled togetherAnd there was the suspense and the growing tension I found myself Sacred Landscapes holding my breath and tensing my muscles as I read and I justad to keep turning the page Thank fully I resisted peeping at the end but it was so Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, hard The story develops through flashbacks and the author did this really well managing toold the pace and flow of the story together and in a way that was seamless My only criticism is that some of the main characters seemed to fade out at the end I wanted to see their different reactions at the end instead of Gold Rush hearing about their reactions through other characters I felt as if the story lost some of the character voices at the end but it was still a great read thoughA gripping and thoroughly enjoyable book Who killed Sheriff Daniel McCloud That s the premise behind this intriguing novel that explores the complex relationships betweenusbands and wives brothers and sisters and mothers and children More than a murder mystery this character study asks the age old uestion can you ever truly know anoth. James McCloud a Seattle district attorney gets an early morning phone call from is sister Cele. ,
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I Don T Really Knowdon t really know I finished it I guess I ad never read the author before and I love Steve Walker the artist who does Hunted his covers though I will agree that neither of the coversad anything whatsoever to do with the book The book ad so many problems I found myself constantly gritting my teeth and though it did become ever so slightly readable at the end
it never gotnever got or even okaySeveral problems1 No likeable characters2 No rational decisions from the characters3 In a book sold to gay men we get She found the sweet tender bud idden among the warm folds and began to massage it while she fantasized about the man in the pictures 4 I took a writing class once and the teacher explained ow to draw someone in and make them think Your character gets a phone call from someone they dislike inviting them to a party They say yes through gritted teeth The reader knows they don t want to go but the caller doesn t the reader gets the inside view and they get to use their mind to work out that she doesn t really want to go This exact situation appens in this book but is of course followed by the sister explaining to the reader that she didn t want to go Well we know that she just spent 20 pages bitching about the woman give us some credit5 Shirley Jackson s The Lottery is explained with James Biz Talk-2 had read it three times each timee couldn t believe that Shirley Jackson Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, had written something so strange It was weirder than a Stephen King story This is the second Stephen King weird reference in the book Get another reference6 Alleterosexual characters look on the gay character badly and call A Historical Atlas of Tibet him ueerboy and other names These are people who live withim and see The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, him daily and in some cases evenave sex with Italian Warships Of World War II him not all of these people would beomophobic And I didn t appreciate the constant use of anti gay slurs7 At one point a character is charged with the murder and there are many like 20 references to what a strong case there is against im But if you re sure e didn t do it we re going to Critical Social Theory and the End of Work have to find some evidence to support it because what there is now is pretty damning Here s the evidence His ring was found the coffin of the dead man placed there eight years ago The end I don t know if you ve looked up the word circumstantial in the dictionary but this is the definition And so many times to keep going back tois impregnable guilt it drove me crazy8 spoiler The murderer wasn t blamed for the murder as she was a female so instead they blamed the man who was in the same room and unconscious at the time His guilt is a given we are to go along with for the rest of the book What9 After the book is over Billy the alcoholic drug user is sitting in a bar drinking alcohol and says The Traps he s decided to give up drinking and start a new life This is played for theappy ending What alcoholic sitting in a bar with a drink Simple Wicca hasn t said this I didn t believe it for a second Good read As with all of Ford s novels the characters are real like people you meet every day The murder mystery adds a twist that drives the novel and keeps the reader oner toes Not as believable as some of Protect Your Purity his novels but still a really good one that I recommendighly Michael Thomas Ford is a great writer and this is a great book I was Theatre Histories hooked from the beginning and it just got better and betterThe story is a murder mystery at its core but also explores family dynamics in a way that most mysteries do not The plot structure was unusual it s laid out with varying points of view and time jumps these are two things that usually annoy me to no end butere the techniues were used to enhance and propel the story forward Each POV character Waterloo had a little piece of the puzzle to contribute and each time jump was used keep the pages turning Audible It pains me Ste announcing that their father's bodyas been found Police officer Daniel McCloud disappeare.