The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus

The Unfortunates by Sophie McManusI 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.

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5 Comments

  1. 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.

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