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I enjoyed this book but not as much as I have enjoyed this writer's other books (I have now read all three). It took a fair while to really get going and I felt it was slightly too long. However, the disaster scene at the end of the book was horrifying and so well written I felt as though I was there. My heart was in my mouth and I got quite upset about it. It is just a shame that most of the rest of the book did not live up to it. Still, it was a good story and although I would not place it at the top of my reading list of books to read again it was quite engrossing.
Slow to start. Full of annoying prejudices and clichés. Sensitive and thoughtful as it developed. The characters seemed two-dimensional at the beginning and grew in stature towards the climax. I love this book. I feel sad that the account has ended and want to know the next chapter.
Only 3 stars because I had a hard time getting into this story. I absolutely loved reading “One for the blackbird one for the crow”. I felt the writing was not as strong in this book. I’m still a fan of this author and will continue to buy her books. This book just wasn’t a good fit for me.
I was looking forward to reading this book and was very disappointed. It was so depressing! I also felt it was very repetitive , many of the descriptions were repeated in new scenes. The ending was good but it took a long depressing road to get there. Hope her next book is more like her first two books.
I always LOVE Hawker's writing but this one was a disappointment. I'm not sure if she wrote it too quickly or if the subject was too shallow. The situation with the painting and the sister bothered me. Just creepy. It dragged on and on....Disappointing. I won't pre-order again in the future. Will wait for more reviews first.
Every happy family is the same, but every dysfunctional family makes absorbing reading. The Rigby family is no exception - in fact, they might be a prime example.
The Rise of Light is a richly detailed portrait of a family, a community, and a religion that both holds and tears apart that family and community. For all that the main characters are sympathetic, none of them are particularly likable, because they all keep secrets and hurt each other to protect themselves. Gad, the patriarch of the Rigby family, is an awful human: an abusive father, a distant husband, and something more, which, when his carefully seeded backstory appears, makes you empathize with him even as you want to punch him into the next state.
Aran and Tamsin, two of Gad's children, deal with their father's tempers in different ways. Aran tries to conform and to make his father happy, but nothing he does will ever be enough - and if his father discovers his secret painting, it will get even worse. Tamsin wants nothing more than to escape and be able to control her own life.
As always, Hawker is top notch at her descriptions of landscape, so vivid that you can see it. Her handling of Aran's art, how he sees light and renders it on canvas, are is also very convincing and evocative.
This is another fabulous book from Olivia Hawker, only slightly less perfect than her One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, which is one of my absolute favorites.