Terrapin: A Novel I Enjoyed Muchly

(Yes, muchly is a word. At least when you are as delighted by a book as I was by Terrapin.)

You know what I love more than almost anything?

A good story.

When that story is packaged between two covers and called a book, even better. (Yeah, it’s okay on my Kindle too. I’ll give you that. The covers can be metaphorical.)

So, given the chance to review T.M. Doran’s latest, Terrapin, I pretty much replied right away. And I pretty much read it right away.

If his first book was great writing (and I thought it was), his second is no less.

And yet, just as your children can be related but very, very different, this book is something different than Toward the Gleam. It’s more mystery, less (if any) sci-fi-ish tinge.

Doran’s characters are complicated, and that makes them real. The mystery is maddening, and that makes it fun. I want to reread it, and that sets it apart on my bookshelf.

I don’t want to compare Doran’s writing with other big name writers, because he really stands alone, at least with the fiction that I end up picking up and reading for review. The words “impeccable,” “clean,” and “delightful” come to mind as I think of ways to describe it.

All in all, highly recommended.

I noticed Jeff Miller read this and reviewed it here recently too. I love what he had to say about the novel, so be sure to check it out.

About Sarah Reinhard

Looking for Sarah Reinhard? Chances are she's hiding from her kids with her nose in a book...which is just too bad for the housework and cooking. Her greatest delight of late is how her kids are becoming bigger bibliophiles than she is. (And she's really only a beginner and a hack at that.) She’s online at SnoringScholar.com, CatholicMom.com, and is the author of a number of books.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Hmm, you hooked me. Both Duran and the novel’s lead character Cole according to the review are engineers. Well, as an engineer I don’t usually see that. ;)

    • http://snoringscholar.com Sarah Reinhard

      Let me know what you think, Manny!


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