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Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
I loved Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, so I thought I'd try some of her earlier works. Angel Falls is the second of her earlier books that I've read, and let's just say her writing improved over time. Angel Falls was published in 2000, which is important to know since characters have beepers instead of cell phones (although I had a cell phone in 2000). The premise of the book is good - woman suffers head injury and is in a coma for weeks. Desperate husband seeks out her first husband to talk to her to try to get her to wake up. No spoilers here, but let's just say the plan didn't work as envisioned. There are several reasons I only gave this book 3 stars. First, I don't think Ms. Hannah has ever been around 9-year old boys. The 9-year old son in the story talked and acted more like he was 5 years old or younger. I understand him regressing due to the trauma of witnessing his mother's accident, but even before and after that he is portrayed much younger. Secondly, the son's name is Bret, but the other characters continuously called him "Bretster." I understand giving the kid a nickname, but it was just annoying to me. Finally, one of the reasons I loved The Nightingale was the strong female characters in the story. In Angel Falls, the women come across as weak, more like damsels in distress. The book was a fast read and held my interest, but is nowhere near as good as I had expected.