Jun 202011

The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
Rating: 2/5
Source: Review copy from Unbridled Books via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Essie is an old woman telling a story. Her story. The story of her family: her grandchildren Doc and Ivy and her great-granddaughter Tiff. The story of Daisy and her missing daughter Lenore. The cult following the disappearance creates. If Lenore is real. The story of a famous YA book series that is secretly being printed in town.

The story is told from the viewpoint of an old woman. If the summary didn’t mention that, and you didn’t catch it in the first few paragraphs, the very style of the story will tell you. It rambles and twists along a convoluted path, going down little dead-end trails before doubling back to the plot. But what is the main plotline? I thought it would be Daisy and Lenore, but after finishing the story, I don’t think there is one.

Each plotline is given about equal time and space, although the family angle seems to have a bit more emphasis. It is definitely the most fleshed out portion.

Overall, I didn’t particularly care for the wandering storytelling, and so didn’t much care for the book as a whole. The ending also left a lot to be desired. Some answers and conclusion would have been nice. Or just the answer to one specific question. I wouldn’t giveaway which question is left open, but I will say it is very annoying to not have it answered.

  One Response to “The Coffins of Little Hope”

  1. Sorry you didn't like this one much. I read the first chapter, decided to take it with me on vacation, and then it didn't fit in my suitcase, so I left it behind. I hope I have the energy and inclination to give it a fair shake when I return, as I generally like Unbridled Books.

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