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What Could Be Saved: A Novel por Liese…
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What Could Be Saved: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Liese O'Halloran Schwarz (Autor)

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What Could Be Saved is a well-written story between interwoven timelines of past and present. The major theme is losing and wanting what could have been and how to look forward. That said, the scope of the storyline is wide and may be a bit slow as a result.

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Laura is not the most likeable character. There are plenty of details of her life to self-justify and I ended up still resenting her. I wished to learn more about either Bea or Philip. It is super exciting to read about the struggles of a trust-fund artist that is trying to find meaning in her art and love life again. The 1970s Thailand arc was interesting enough to outweigh the burden of modern Laura. Sorry Laura. In addition, Robert's death was a really chilling chapter and took me by surprise. It is expected from the reader knowing the future already but it still has a lot of emotion to it and great reflection. I thought it was really well-done.
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  Anamie | Feb 5, 2021 |
Told in alternating timelines, this book is set in 2019 Washington, DC and 1972 Bangkok. It is a dramatic family story of the aftermath of a child going missing. It is especially tragic in that the family has to return to the USA without their missing child.

I enjoyed the glimpse into the cultural life of the Thai people. I also liked the descriptions of the Thai landscape. I thought the characters were well-developed.

I did find the pace much too slow for me. As a result, I lost interest about halfway through the book. I also found some of it unrealistic.

I received an advance egalley from the publisher and NetGalley with no expectation of a positive review. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Jan 7, 2021 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

I'm giving this 4 stars, since I thought the first half was worth 5 stars and the second more like 3 stars. The set up is intriguing: is the man in Thailand Laura and Bea's brother Philip, who went missing there when he was eight? The dual timelines (now, when Laura travels to Bangkok to find out, and 1972 when Philip disappeared) worked well, with the suspense of whether it was Philip or not being maintained in the first timeline, while the second set up various potential suggestions of who might be responsible for his disappearance.

However, the second half dragged for me - I just wanted to find out what had happened to Philip, and wasn't interested in a blow by blow account of the last minutes of Philip's father's life in 1980, or a lengthy recap of the life story of Noi, the servant who returned to the States with the family. The story of what had actually happened to Philip was recounted again at great length and was somehow more mundane than I had been hoping for.

I would be interested to read more by this author though - her characterization was excellent. ( )
  pgchuis | Sep 6, 2020 |
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