I was very excited to read The Bargaining, especially after reading and loving this author’s other book, The Murmurings! Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
First of all, I had a hard time getting into this book. I actually left myself a note on page 215 about this: “It’s slow. Finding myself skimming pages to get to the action.” PAGE 215! That’s 50% into the book! Can you believe it?!
The mystery behind the forest I found quite intriguing, actually. BUT (I know, I know. There’s going to be a lot of this, unfortunately) why did the things that happen happen?! Why these particular woods? Why are they like this? I know what happened, I understand that and it was interesting, but WHY?! There was no exact explanation at the end, and it was kind of frustrating for me.
Another thing that was frustrating were the characters. Penny and Miller’s relationship was odd, at best. They’re so defensive, uptight, irritable, moody, temperamental, and I could just go on and on. Look, I understand why they were the way they were—they’ve had a lot going on in their lives. I get it! But their attitudes would change so fast and without warning that it gave me whiplash. And it happened again and again. Ugh!
Speaking of attitudes, Penny was just awful to April, her stepmother. She was defiant and just plain mean. I loved April! She was so nice! Penny didn’t even bother to get to know her before she started judging. I can understand why she was resistant, but just stop trying to make the Evil Stepmother cliche thing happen, ‘cause it’s not going to happen! April is genuinely a good person and wants to help! What I don’t understand is how she got along with her stepbrother Rob, but couldn’t give April the time of day.
I only wish we would’ve seen more of Rob because not only did I like him, but he was pretty much the only person Penny had a positive relationship with.
But overall, I enjoyed it. The mystery was interesting and I appreciated the creepy setting—that was awesome! I only wish the ‘why’ of said mystery was explained more thoroughly.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)