Richard North Patterson: Loss of Innocence

by Rachel Baker on May 19, 2014

This was an engaging book. I was not quite sure about it until the second half of the book – but I’d read the author before and was willing to continue. As always with this author, the story is well told. I did get a bit tired of the ridiculous, over the top, naiveté the main character showed throughout a great bit of the book.  However, the last quarter of the book ties it all in and rewards you for sticking it out.

The way everyone treated her led me to almost close the book a few times. The main reason is that characteristically (is that a word), a girl who keeps a journal with the insightful entries we, the readers are privy to, isn’t as innocent as every one thought she was – and she was never upset by them treating her as a less than equal.

There were also a few places in the story where I left the immersion of being in the late 50s, early 60s. It seemed as if there was a few places where present day crept into the ambiance of the original time period and didn’t want to let go. These were not very prevalent, and I’m not sure I could give the exact places where it happened – it was just something in the prose that seemed not quite right.

Those things aside, I would designate this book as a great beach read – and in fact, its probably a great book for that, because you don’t have to remember too much of what happened since you closed the book. I also think Loss of Innocence would be a great book to pack in your bags for vacation.

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