This murder mystery that is also a portrait of a family in small town New York is marred by constant flitting between times Normally this isn t a problem but the chapters are so short any narrative impetus is lost A departure from Ford s usual fare which isn t a
bad thing We have great writing a tight plot and believable characters as usual in a Ford novel thing We have great writing a tight plot and believable characters as usual in a Ford novel chapters switch back and forth past and present which may put some people off There are also uite a few characters and we get to see parts of the story from ALL of their points of view which also may put people off a lot of head hopping Neither of these devices bothered me My only gripe not enough to make me not like the book is that NONE of the characters is really likable Lawyer Charly and strangely drugged out burned out young Billy came closest to being likable And can someone tell me what ANY of the covers has to do with the book Audible It pains me a lot to rate this book under 4 stars yes because in spite of my personal issues with the story I can t complain about the writing style but for me What We Remember is probably the weakest novel I read until now by Michael Thomas Ford BTW one of my favourite authorsI find also difficult to explain WHY this one is less satisfying for me For the first time while reading MTF I have been torn between my objective and subjective likingdisliking and accompanying contradictions Ahthe plot The mystery here is not your typical one I d say that it s rather a family drama The reader has to deal with skeletons in the closet a lot of family s secrets The most intriguing part of the mystery for me is always a mental process the investigating part a game of cat and mouse the way HOW a case has been solved There is no actually any investigation here We have a district attorney as a main suspect we have his girl friend a counsellor we have a family of a murdered sheriffBTW the main suspect is also his son but we don t have any investigation This mystery could have been solved 8 years ago If the family members would have talked to each other We have as always a great character development But on the contrary to his other books I couldn t find ANYONE not EVEN a single character to care about Not to mention to LIKE anyone A lot of family members but pretty unsympathetic Well there was James a main suspect in the murder case but he wasn t really present in the story I don t consider it as a gay mystery I know MTF is a gay fiction writerand a great one this book won the Lambda Literary Award in the category Gay Mystery sowhy do I complain Because I DON
T SEE IT AS A GAY MYSTERY As a mystery but I have my own imaginations about SEE IT AS A GAY MYSTERY As a yes but I have my own imaginations about category This one doesn t meet them IMO I m not fussy BUT THIS COVERHAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOK My final verdict A great writing an interesting family story appropriate pacing thrilling family drama believable but not likeable characters not strong enough but intriguing mystery atmosphere Not my favourite by Michael Thomas Ford but still an enjoyable read PS Blake Somerset did a great ob Michael Thomas Ford is a great writer and this is a great book I was hooked from the beginning and it Hometown Honey just got better and betterThe story is a murder mystery at its core but also explores family dynamics in a way that most mysteries do not The plot structure was unusual it s laid out with varying points of view and timeumps these are two things that usually annoy me to no end but here the techniues were used to enhance and propel the story forward Each POV character had a little piece of the puzzle to contribute and each time ump was used keep the pages turnin. D years ago but a bigger bombshell is in store evidence from the body proves that he was murder.
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THE CHARACTERS ARE REAL LIKE PEOPLE YOU MEET EVERYcharacters are real like "People You Meet Every The "you meet every The mystery adds a twist that drives the novel and keeps the reader on her toes
Not as believable as some of his novels but still aas believable as some of his novels but still a good one that I recommend highly This book really annoyed me I don t really know why I finished it I guess I had never read the author before and I love Steve Walker the artist who does his covers though I will agree that neither of the covers had anything whatsoever to do with the book The book had so many problems I found myself constantly gritting my teeth and though it did become ever so slightly readable at the end it never got good or even okaySeveral problems1 No likeable characters2 No rational decisions from the characters3 In a book sold to gay men we get She found the sweet tender bud hidden among the warm folds and began to massage it while she fantasized about the man in the pictures 4 I took a writing class once and the teacher explained how to draw someone in and make them think Your character gets a phone call from someone they dislike inviting them to a party They say yes through gritted teeth The reader knows they don t want to go but the caller doesn t the reader gets the inside view and they get to use their mind to work out that she doesn t really want to go This exact situation happens in this book but is of course followed by the sister explaining to the reader that she didn t want to go Well we know that she ust spent 20 pages bitching about the woman give us some credit5 Shirley Jackson s The Lottery is explained with James had read it three times each time he couldn t believe that Shirley Jackson had written something so strange It was weirder than a Stephen King story This is the second Stephen King weird reference in the book Get another reference6 All heterosexual characters look on the gay character badly and call him ueerboy and other names These are people who live with him and see him daily and in some cases even have sex with him not all of these people would be homophobic And I didn t appreciate the constant use of anti gay slurs7 At one point a character is charged with the murder and there are many like 20 references to what a strong case there is against him But if you re sure he didn t do it we re going to have to find some evidence to support it because what there is now is pretty damning Here s the evidence His ring was found the coffin of the dead man placed there eight years ago The end I don t know if you ve looked up the word circumstantial in the dictionary but this is the definition And so many times to keep going back Who killed Sheriff Daniel McCloud That s the premise behind this intriguing novel that explores the complex relationships between husbands and wives brothers and sisters and mothers and children More than a murder mystery this character study asks the age old uestion can you ever truly know another person Candy V ExcellentMichael Thomas Ford is an excellent writer and one of my favourite authors So it isn t surprising that I liked this Each MTF book is so different from gentle family stories to longer emotional sagas to good old romances and now to this murder mystery overflowing with suspenseI was gripped by the story from the first page and thank goodness I had a day off so I could let myself be taken off into the story and soak up the tension and the intense nature of some of the characters I love a good mystery but this wasn t Falling For Him just good it was weighty A brilliant and weighty mystery with twists turns and surprises which I couldn t have seen comingDaniel McCloud was. James McCloud a Seattle district attorney gets an early morning phone call from his sister Cele. Believed to have committed suicide in 1983 but his body was never found Now in 1991 his body has been found buried in a trunk and he was murdered Daniel left behind a wife and three children but this isn t a close and loving family Each family member has their own struggles and issues with the past Celeste the oldest is married to Nate the sheriff and has two small children She has never really been close to her youngest brother Billy or to James the middle childJames is a District Attorney in Seattle He has a great career and doesn t regret leaving his small home town He was always the golden child and the talented oneBilly is the black sheep of the family He takes drugs but manages to hold down aob in "The Town S Comic Store He Is "town s comic store He is gay and has never felt at home in his family Right from childhood he felt the distance between himself and his siblings and he never felt his father approved of himAda is the mother of the family Her life with
Dan had its ups and downs but she is shocked when herhad its ups and downs but she is shocked when her s body is found She is even shocked when evidence is found and James is accused of the murder Nate her son in law insists he is doing his duty by accusing James of murder but there is long and deep resentment between the twoAnd as the investigation gathers pace other resentment and truths come to light and dark secrets reveal things that were hidden beneath a superficial veneer of a respectable town In the midst of this swirling pot of revelations Billy finds the strength for the first time in his life to redeem himself and his family by seeking the truth no matter the costThis was really thrilling and my best MTF to date although I love all his stories I loved this one because I knew from the first word that all was not what it seemed I also loved Billy the underdog and black sheep and the way he evolves in the story to become a hero Best of all I loved the Undercover at City Hospital jigsaw pieces those seemingly inconseuential happenings and events those passing observations and conversations that suddenly develop deeper meaning when pulled togetherAnd there was the suspense and the growing tension I found myself holding my breath and tensing my muscles as I read and Iust had to keep turning the page Thank fully I resisted peeping at the end but it was so hard The story develops through flashbacks and the author did this really well managing to hold the pace and flow of the story together and in a way that was seamless My only criticism is that some of the main characters seemed to fade out at the end I wanted to see their different reactions at the end instead of hearing about their reactions through
characters I as if the story lost some of the character voices at the end but it was still a great read thoughA gripping and thoroughly enjoyable book What a rideSo many turns Exciting to the end Best entertainment I ve read and enjoyed Michael Thomas Ford s previous novels which largely focused on gay life immersed in a variety of dramatic and comedic situations With What We Remember he scores points for moving out of his comfort zone with what could best be described as a murder mystery wrapped in a backwoods family drama For me it possibly could have earned a five star if not for a couple of glaring problems Without providing spoilers let s The Story of Our Lives just say those problems involved the main suspect and let sust say the author tends to re introduce characters long after you ve come close to forgetting about them Still I can overlook it all because the story still drew me in and kept me turning pages Like an old friend said the wine may not be the best but it still gets ya hammered LOL. Ste announcing that their father's body has been found Police officer Daniel McCloud disappeare. .other characters i