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I discovered The Curator of Broken Things Trilogy after reading Corrine’s book, Hidden in Paris. Wasn’t sure I had interest in reading about the Ottoman Empire but could not have been more wrong. Her unraveling of this family’s past is both mesmerizing and addictive. Having completed the first two books in the series, I can only liken her development of plot and characters to Elena Ferrante’s writing the My Brilliant Friend’s Neapolitan series of books. While I like to read, I rarely find books that are so engrossing I put the rest of my life on hold to read what’s going to happen next. I’ve devoured the first two books back to back and plan to download and read the third once I post this review. My only fear is that I will be sad to have the third book end. Gantz is now one of my favorite writers. I can only hope she has another book coming out soon.
It is necessary to read these books in order. Book two tells us about the prescient Jewish father fleeing Paris to safer ground. The characters in these books are so real and the mother especially shines in this one. A selfish, drugged up weak woman who cares only for herself and can't see the danger they're all in.
If you've already read the first book, it just gets better and better! This is truly an amazing writer. So grateful to find a story that provides so many facets of human relationships, history and the cost of secrets.
To reiterate from my book one review, had I not bought all three at one time, I would not have continued after book one. I agree with other reviewers that felt cheated at buying 3 books for one story...doesn't really read like a trilogy. Just one story ending abruptly and picking up in the next book. For me characters were not likeable other than Albano, Xandra and Moshi. Cassie was the most irritating, whining, nothing is ever my fault person that I found myself just skimming through the parts with her. This book held the most interesting part when Albano moved his family to Algiers. Overall, not a book I would recommend.
Cons: You are not paying $4.99 for one book in a trilogy. You are paying $14.97 for a story that is broken down in to three purchases. The ending of the first book was abrupt and had no resolution. It was just the end of a chapter. I would have stopped there but I had already purchased the second book. It also had an abrupt ending. I felt this was deceiving. I will not purchase the third book.
I also personally could not get behind the main character Cassie, who alienated her entire family and had a very disagreeable personality. Just buy some new clothes in Paris already! I found the back story of Albano to be very tedious. The relationship of Albano to Cassie is eventually revealed, but I ended up scanning through a lot of the overly detailed back story. I would not recommend this book series.
Pros: I could tell the author spent a great deal of time researching the historical aspects of these books. Particularly the fall of the Ottoman Empire. History buffs may get more out of the story than I did.