The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry Review
(finished this on June 17, 2018)
What I liked about it:
⦁ It ended the way it should be. Atleast as a reader, I was given closure. The real villain was exposed and the main character, Callie, gets the life she deserved.
⦁ It was entertaining enough to keep me going. Three beautiful dead girls whose death remained a mystery. An old crazy woman accused to be the murderer. A cop refuses to believe that the woman was capable of murder. Entertaining enough for me.
⦁ Characters were well presented and most characters mentioned played huge roles, and not just another add on for the sake of having more characters.
⦁ Intriguing. Althroughout the novel it made me wonder who killed the three goddesses. Glad it was answered at the end.
What I didn’t like about the book:
⦁ I think there is something that does not make sense. I hope I can explain this well without spoiling the book: Rose was accused once again because she killed a boy who bullied her while she was just sitting under the shade of a tree. At the end of the book it turns out that the banshee (what they call the villain) was actually not Rose. There was no further explanation about this considering that the real banshee was not yet introduced at this scene. It seemed like this scene has been forgotten.
⦁ Irrelevant scenes and information that lengthened the novel. Paul and Callie’s date while in Italy was cute, but it no longer makes any sense when pages after pages were devoted to it (including historical discussions about Paul’s project in Matera) . I get it, they went to Italy, spent some time there, and I badly want to skip that scene and get back into looking who the real villain is.
⦁ There was no weight at all with the ending. The most relevant part of the novel was finding out who killed the three goddesses, and the revelation about who killed them was not shocking at all.
How it ended for me:
There were five people present when the goddesses were killed, and only four was known, plus the young Callie. So the fifth person or what they call the fifth petal, was the one who killed the three goddesses. When the fifth petal was revealed, I was not shocked at all and was even disappointed because having that person as the villain made the novel less exciting. My expectations were not meant.