Saturday, January 19, 2008

When Crickets Cry

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin is the book I finished reading on Thursday. It is the story of Reese and Annie. Reese is living in Georgia, trying to forget the pain from his past and living away from all the people (except his brother-in-law) that once knew him. Then he meets the little girl, Annie, and slowly he comes to grips with what has happened and how he can continue to live.
At first this book reminded me in part of the movie A Walk to Remember. Maybe because of the southern setting as much as anything else. It was a good book, though sad at times, and thankfully somewhat unpredictable. I like Martin's writing because of the way he tells the story, uses quotes from well known authors, and how he reveals only part of the story at a time. The story jumps from present to the past, but not in a way that is confusing to the reader, and he makes you wonder for awhile instead of giving all the information at one time.
When I first finished reading it, I wasn't sure that I liked it as well as I thought I might, but I would recommend it to others.
One thing that might bog people down is the medical terminology that is a part of the story, but it does add credibility and understanding to the story.
This book was worth reading and would be a good book for a book club because of the depth of the story. I liked it but still find that my favorite book by Martin that I have read so far is Chasing Fireflies.

1 comment:

amandajean said...

I find that I don't care so much for novels that flash back in time and then back to the present. it seemed like 75% of the ones that we read for book club (in MI) were that way. (most of them were on the NY Times bestseller list.) I think it was annoying because of the simple fact that there were just SO many of them that used that writing technique in their books....it seems way overdone.