Diamond Head Review

May 12, 2015 Fiction, Historical Fiction 9 ★★★

Diamond Head ReviewTitle: Diamond Head
Author: Cecily Wong
Source: from publisher for review, TLC Book Tours
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Summary: Although I loved the historical setting, I didn’t immediately connect to the characters and even when I did, the plot didn’t have much drive.

This family saga spans four generations, following the Leongs from China to Hawaii and from the Boxer Rebellion to WWII. Throughout the years, the women  are each unlucky in love in their own way, with their accumulating secrets and tragedies influencing the following generations.

I typically adore books that jump between perspectives, but in this story, the constant jumping to different times with different perspectives was disorienting. I think this was part of why it took me some time to get into the story. Starting in the third person also made me feel less connected to the characters. Even a lot of the first person sections felt more distant because they were taking place in the past. I did eventually get into the story and start to care more about the characters. Even then though, there wasn’t a mystery or any tension to drive the plot forward.

Despite having a number of complaints about this book, I did enjoy the reading experience, especially towards the end. As I got to know the characters, I started to feel more connected to their emotions. The story was interesting and epic in scale. I particularly loved the historical setting. I learned things I didn’t know from every era the story covered. Having gotten more into this story towards the end, the main thing that kept me from giving it a higher rating was how depressing the story was. With so many tragedies, this story should have made me cry at least once. As is, the emotional response this book evoked wasn’t strong enough to be worth how depressing it was.

Do you typically like books that include multiple perspectives? Or do they often make it harder for you to get into a story?

For some other perspectives, be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

9 Responses to “Diamond Head Review”

  1. Megan

    I think I might give this one a pass. I love books written with multiple perspectives when they’re done well, but they’re hard to get right. If the perspectives aren’t distinctive enough or I care about one way more than the others, the book will be a flop for me.

    • DoingDewey

      I wish I could recommend it more highly, but even though I liked it pretty well, I think there are a lot of better historical fiction books with multiple perspectives out there.

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I normally don’t like multiple perspective stories – I feel like it can be disorienting to me more often than not. It’s too bad this didn’t make that work though. I’m also afraid too of how sad this book will be for me – I need to be in a special mood to read depressing books!

    • DoingDewey

      If you don’t like multi-perspective stories in the first place, I definitely don’t think this would be a good fit for you. It was alright, but certainly not good enough that I want to run out and recommend to everyone, no matter what they usually read 🙂

  3. Melinda

    I must admit that the setting and the book cover draws me to this book. I might or might not end up reading this one.

    • DoingDewey

      The setting was very interesting! I love picking up historical fiction set in a time and place I’ve never read about before. It’s always a great learning experience.

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