Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to investigate. But their search - aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books - went nowhere. Years later, Nora, now in her late 20s, is drawn back to her old neighborhood - and to her estranged friend - when Rose's remains are finally discovered.
Upset over their earlier failure to solve the possible murder, Charlotte is adamant that they join forces and try again. But Nora was the last known person to see Rose alive, and she's not ready to revisit her troubled adolescence and the events surrounding the disappearance - or face the disturbing secrets that are already beginning to re-emerge.
©2011 Emily Arsenault (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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"Weak characters, weak story and aimed at teens"
I have never before heard a story that trivialized murder and brought it down to the level of a "chick flick". Holes in the plot, situations were contrived and followed by endless hours of children being baby-sat using childish patter while they made drawings and notations which were decidedly boring. When the author switched from adult to teenager, there seemed to be no difference in the tone or dialogue! In fact it was so boring that I put my head back on the pillow on the couch to keep listening and promptly fell asleep for over half an hour!! What more can I say?
"Well written images but a tedious story"
The frequent jumps from present time to the past were substantially overdone. All the talk among the grade school friends, while initially cute and clever, became quite tedious. There are probably not that many mature people who are forever trapped in their school day memories and experiences and still suffering from high school angst.
What often makes a mystery interesting is the challenge of trying to solve it. In this case, crucial details are left until the very end. Yes, it was a surprise but very little of the story came close to hinting at the ending. The whole book could have been greatly abbreviated.
All the discussion among the childhood friends about strange phenomenon (aliens, magic, ghosts, etc.) may have been an attempt to add more mystery to the story about Rose but had little to do with her after all. The ending was quite anti-climatic
"A good lite listen"
Slightly predictable from the half way mark
I listened to it in one day, so I guess I thought it was pretty good. A disappearance/death, childhood friends, and the subject of memory. The book has that particular easy American unselfconsciousness that I associate with something that borders "chick lit" --not meant as a slur. I like chick lit because of its easiness. Because it doesn't hurt me in any way, the way that incisive literary social commentary does.
"save the credit"
by the end of this book all I could say was "seriously" story was a major let down.
"Who Cares ?"
really a very drawn out story which could have been half the length.Characters were not particularly credible or likeable.
"Well written, but...."
In Search of the Rose Notes was well written but was a lot like an old fellow telling a story: it had difficulty coming to the point. I had to skip about an hour and a half of it (due to frustration with the pacing) and when I picked it back up it seemed I had missed nothing except more of Nora's memories from the early 90s.
Another problem I had with the book was characters who were incredibly unlikeable. I didn't like Nora or Charlotte, the main characters. The final problem for me was the incongruity of Rose's suicide given her high level of emotional intelligence. It felt out of sync with probability.
Emily Arsenault is talented and I have expectations of better books (or perhaps books that are simply better suited to my impatient nature) from her in the future.
Finally, I would like to note that the reader was excellent, exhibiting a refreshing subtlety when moving from character to character.
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