Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Mountain Between Us - DNF

The Mountain Between us - Charles Martin

"On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled because of a storm, Ben charters a small plane that can fly around the weather front. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more passenger, Ben offers the seat to Ashley..."

And then the plane crashes. Obv.  I'm sorry to admit that I couldn't finish this one.  In fact, it was the source of a readers block that lasted way too long.  While the premise (and promise of a film to watch afterwards) was fun, the writing was not.  Example:

"Her hair was short.  Think Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted. Or Julia Ormond in Harrison Ford's remake of Sabrina.  Not a lot of fuss, yet you could find the same style up and down Manhattan with girls who'd paid a lot of money to look like that.  My bet was that she had paid very little.  Or she could have paid a lot to make it look like she paid a little."

And thus we meet our two heroes.  He, narrator.  She, subject of haircut fixation (fetish, perhaps?).  The narrator doesn't get less annoying anywhere within the first 70 pages, and so I stopped.  There's a real damsel in distress element to the story, with macho, heroic, surgeon slash mountain climber (my, how convenient) ready to sweep her up and, yanno, fall in love while at it (I assume).

It's always disappointing to not finish a novel, but in this case it felt like the lesser of two evils. 

Review copy kindly provided by Hachette

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