What We Remember

What We Remember James McCloud a Seattle district attorney gets an early morning phone call from his sister Celeste announcing that their father s body has been found Police officer Daniel McCloud disappeared year

  • Title: What We Remember
  • Author: Michael Thomas Ford
  • ISBN: 9780758218513
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • James McCloud, a Seattle district attorney, gets an early morning phone call from his sister, Celeste, announcing that their father s body has been found Police officer Daniel McCloud disappeared years ago, but a bigger bombshell is in store evidence from the body proves that he was murdered.

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    1. Michael Thomas Ford is a great writer and this is a great book. I was hooked from the beginning and it just got better and better.The 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 time-jumps; these are two things that usually annoy me to no end, but here the techniques were used to enhance and propel the story forward. Each POV character had a little piece [...]

    2. AudibleIt 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 authors.I 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 liking/disliking and accompanying contrad [...]

    3. Excellent!Michael 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 suspense.I 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 [...]

    4. 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. The chapters switch back and forth, past and present, which may put some people off. There are also quite 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 tha [...]

    5. 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 question: can you ever truly know another person?--Candy V.--

    6. 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 just say those problems involved the main suspect and l [...]

    7. 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.

    8. Good read. As with all of Ford's novels, the characters are real, like people you meet every day. The murder 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 a really good one that I recommend highly!

    9. I've read several of Ford's books before and enjoyed them, but this one left me cold. One of the main devices, moving back and forth in time to tell the story, was very jarring. Plus, I really didn't like most of the characters.

    10. 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 more readable at the end, it never got good or even okay.Several problems:1. No likeable characters.2. No rational decisi [...]

    11. Family dynamics and secrets take center stage in this book that is set in a quiet little town in Maine. The story is told in alternating chapters, with some happening today (1991) and others set eight years before. Ford's fifth novel is actually a bit of a mystery centering around the death of Sheriff Dan McCloud 8 years earlier. It was assumed at the time that he had committed suicide after learning he had a form of terminal cancer. This was because his wife received a letter telling her so. Pe [...]

    12. It took me a while to get into the story, more because I wasn't settling to read than the story itself though I suspect, but once I actually sat and started reading in concentrated blocks, this was a book I didn't want to put down, especially towards the end. It's definitely up to the author's usual standard, although the genre is a little different than what I was expecting. I did guess the identity of the murderer although not all of the details, and pleased with the way it worked out in the f [...]

    13. I loved the previous two books I read by Michael Thomas Ford. This was a complicated story about one pretty f*cked up family and I liked maybe one member of them, Billy, and only sometimes. To sum it all - for me this was a bit too much drama, no romance, no main character I could fall in love, over all a bit of a disappointment.

    14. i never guessed right. I changed my guess at least 3 times and was still wrong, but thats whats great about it. Nate's a weirdo i meanhe's clearly not all the way there. @ anyrate, it was a a good read

    15. I enjoy his books and they usually take place near where I grew up. There is always a quirk with some dialogue or timeline that will leave feeling as though the editor missed something. I find myself looking for these in the authors writings. It adds to the fun.

    16. Interesting in a middle-brow "Rashomon" kind of way. However, for everyone thinking this book will be one of Mr. Ford's "gay" novels, don't be fooled. Though there IS a gay character, that fact get very little "airplay" and isn't really core to the story.

    17. It held so much promise all the way to the end. Then"Let's wrap this up. You do this, I'll do this. We'll do this and BAM! The end."

    18. Great story that alternated each chapter between past and present. It kept you guessing on who killed the father and with each chapter, you saw it could be someone else. Very good read!

    19. Recently I went to the Lambda Literary awards in NYC. This book won an award and it sounded interesting. So far, I love it!

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