Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Davis, Fiona. The Address. New York: Dutton, 2017.
An architect selects a girl working in a London hotel who saved his daughter from a deadly fall to manage the Dakota, a residential building, opening in New York. Although it seems in the middle of nowhere, development is headed that way. Fast forward almost 100 years. A newly rehabilitated girl is given the opportunity to renovate the family apartment at the Dakota. She's a descendant of the architect although her cousin received the inheritance. While the story line held promise, the author failed to weave the story in an engaging manner. For me, starting with the modern piece and then going back in time would have been preferable to chopping the story up. The revelation of what she discovered could have occurred in the end or it could have been revealed. I would have kept reading. As written, I struggled to plod through it.
The writer used passive tense too much. The book's editor failed to correct the problem.
I received an advance electronic copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.