Monday, November 25, 2013

#BookReview: Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay

When musician-composer Nicholas first met the beautiful Hazel, he was immediately taken with her looks.  Not the kind of woman he would normally pursue, there is something about the beauty who lights up every room she enters.  She's the mother to his newborn daughter, Jessica, and his biggest cheerleader.

Hazel is an unselfish giver.  She follows Nicholas across continents as he pursues his dreams, while giving up her own.  Hosting parties for his fellow musicians, playing the role of the doting professor's wife, even as she finds herself and Jessica becoming less important in Nicholas' life, she continues to give.  And eventually, she gives him away.

A music protege, Remy falls for composer Nicholas.  It starts innocently enough.  Remy never thought she'd be enough for Nicholas, never thought he would look away from the beautiful Hazel long enough to notice her.  And then one day, the opportunity to be with him presents itself and she takes it.

I was so over Nicholas and Remy as individuals and as a couple.  Nicholas was extremely self-absorbed, but I felt like Hazel knew him when she married him.  She signed up for that.  Remy seemed to have a sense of entitlement since birth, but I initially blamed her parents and her teachers for that.   But for her to come along and feel like she had a right to be with Nicholas with no regard for Hazel or Jessica made me dislike her even more.  Neither Nicholas or Remy seemed to feel any remorse at how they treated Hazel and, in her own way, Jessica began to treat her mother like a doormat in much the same way that the others did.

I enjoyed Kalotay's Russian Winter much more than Sight Reading.  I didn't care for the weaker character of Hazel, given that Kalotay created such strong female characters in her previous work.  In addition, it wasn't a very exciting a read.  It was a bit of a let down following such a great debut.

Published: May 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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