The End of California by Steve Yarbrough

This is going to be a short one, folks. I read this book over the course of a week, and it honestly should have been a faster read. It’s only a 300 page book, but the story dragged on and I just couldn’t get into it. It had a few promising points where I thought the story would pick up, but unfortunately, it didn’t pick up enough to keep my interest.

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Now, the main problem that I had trouble with is keeping the characters straight. Basically, the setting is a small town with deep roots, and the main characters all have a connection within the town. There are two main focus families, and they are intertwined by a shadowy past. Then there are a lot of side plot characters, and each of their stories delves into the main plot. The author changes the point of view from third to first person from chapter to chapter- sometimes page to page- and with all these characters, it got difficult to follow.

There’s a lot of deception, cheating, and grudges, but all this drama is so undramatic and confusing. It seemed like it had so much potential to make a big impact by the end to the reader, but I was disappointed. I should’ve left it on the shelf at the library.

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