It is an artful yet rather depressing novella about a family dealing with the pending death of their father. The grief brings out both love and a difficult past. The tension ratchets up the conflicts and relationships.
Tag - novella
while this retelling of Robin Hood has its moments, it came off very one dimensional; as flat and obvious. Everything feels like a caricature; even if the setting is the American Southwest instead of England.
While it was a quick, quirky and largely enjoyable read, it was also odd and ephemeral. Perhaps if you were more plugged into classical and international literature, or more obsessed with formal book collecting, the references and name dropping would mean more or deepen the story.
I enjoyed the writing, the way the author set a mood and created an atmosphere, and the quirkiness and ambivalence worked for me. But if you like clear explanations and plots this is probably not the book for you.
The set up is excellent and Connolly really builds the atmosphere and tension. There is an interesting cast of characters and enough mystery to keep you reading and guessing. It often seems like a traditional type mystery only to take a weird and horrifying turn. But as many reviewers have noted, the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. This has the potential to ruin the enjoyment of the rest of the story.