I had such high hopes for The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus, but unfortunately …
I had chosen it as the book to start off my summer reading season, a season I had high hopes for. As you know, so far 2015 hasn’t been the best reading year for me so far. I was plagued with a vicious head cold when I read it, and that did not help matters. I found the prose to be very choppy and at times hard to follow. Was it me? Or was it the book?
The story is billed as
a dramatic story of pharmaceutical drug trials and Wall Street corruption; of pride and prejudice; of paranoia and office politics; of inheritance, influence, class, and power.
Sounds good, right? But it didn’t pan out. I found the characters to be very one dimensional, flat and predictable. There was some interesting class commentary, but not enough to sustain the novel.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
Bummer… this is on my 20 Books of Summer reading challenge list!
Maybe you’ll like it more than I did.
First of all, that pitch is misleading. Did you find that the drug trial aspect was even that major a plot point? I didn’t. It didn’t even show up unitl the final 1/4 of the book! As you know, I couldn’t even finish this book. It wasn’t your head cold, it read like a rough draft with stereotypical characters. Very disappointing.
The drug trials were the whole reason I wanted to read the book. Something really interesting could have been done with that. In the final 1/4 there was some character development, but in general it felt very much like a first novel in rough draft.
Oh, how disappointing! I hope your summer reading only gets better from here 🙂