Book Review: The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
ashley | I read a few uninspiring reviews before picking up The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight and it almost discouraged me, but I really enjoyed Reconstructing Amelia and thought Where They Found Her was a pretty solid read, so I was excited to read this and decide for myself.
I can’t say I enjoyed this as much as I was hoping. It was actually quite a roller coaster ride, but not in a good way. It didn’t give me the up and down emotional torment I come to expect from books like this, it was more a play on my interest levels and my tolerance of the realities of the story.
Let me first say I thought this was a pretty decent concept. I’m usually a sucker for books about people going missing, people trying to find them and then stumbling on some big conspiracy or secret. But they only work well when there is something new and sadly, there really wasn’t anything new here. I was at least ten steps ahead of this book from the start, nothing was a surprise, and yet SO MUCH was happening that I kept reading, kept expecting something big to happen and blow my mind and it just never did. All the twists were pretty predictable and even the cliffhanger ending was a cliche.
I also had a hard time handling the relationship between the main characters and how they interacted with each other leading up to the core of the book. It all just seemed a bit ridiculous. Maybe I just couldn’t relate, but I really thought it was a bit over the top and not really realistic for the situation. I just couldn’t believe that people would react in these ways and didn’t think the explanations for this was strong enough to justify it.
I like McCreight’s writing, I like her stories, I just don’t think this on worked. Even with the cliffhanger, I won’t be picking up the next book, I can already see where it’s going to go and I’ve walked down that road too many times before.
may 3, 2016