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 didnt pick up enough to keep my interest.

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 familes, and they are intertwined by a shadowy past. Then there are a lot of sideplot 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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