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Book Review of The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer
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I read this for a TBR potluck challenge in my online book club, The Reading Cove. It started out engaging, but then took a wrong turn.

The opening scenes were gripping. Grace and her friend have a terrible horse riding accident, which also involves the driver of a big rig, named Wayne. He was featured as a focal character who would be a part of the entire book, but he abruptly disappears after the accident, leaving me to wonder why he was given so much page time to begin with...

Grace's mother Annie was a very unlikeable character. She was very emotionally self-centered and cold and unavailable to her husband and daughter. I disliked the way Grace's father, Robert, allowed her to railroad him much of the time. For an attorney in New York City, he was such a wimp in his marriage....

Which leads to Annie's affair with the title's namesake, the horse whisperer. Tom out in Montana. I won't go into too much here, but once Annie and Grace get to Montana (a move it seemed the Robert character would've pushed for more so than Annie's) the story descends into little more than a trite, contrived romance novel. I had zero interest in the development of Tom and Annie's the rest of the book fell very flat for me. And the ending was extremely rushed!

The healing of Grace and her horse, Pilgrim, was nice to see, but didn't get the page time the beginning of the novel had primed the reader for. So the story was off balance in that respect. I give it a C+.