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The End For Me
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019
I've read them all in recent years...The Tradd Street Series...and am definitely through after this one. I found it somewhat tedious and repetitive...the same old-same old things happening, ad infinitum. Melanie's OCD as depicted was WAY over the top, with some facet of it popping up repeatedly throughout the book, to the point of becoming downright annoying. She was not a very likable character in this book, in my opinion. I don't remember her being so in the other books. Some dialogue was witty and amusing, which was refreshing and one of the good things I can say about the writing. But, I grew weary of reading repeatedly about some things, such as her wanting to sniff her babies' heads. Good grief. There was far too much emphasis on her obsessions, both with her constantly organizing every single thing, and also with her constant insecurities. The 'gift' of being able to communicate with the dead, evident in so many of the characters in this book...even a baby,....was just too much of a once-intriguing idea. And, there were so many characters I had some difficulty keeping up with them, trying to remember who was who. I considered making list, but didn't. Frankly, I looked forward to the end of the book, just to be finished with it. Then I was faced with a bit of a cliff-hanger, which always annoys me no end. I think I've read enough about these people and the never-ending supply of ghosts they encounter, so I probably won't be buying the next book in this series. Enough is enough.