Book Review: The Shack, 2.5 “too vintage” stars 2


Too vintage!

Too bad that the writing is good but I can’t, can’t cant can’t really give this book more than 2.5 stars!

About the Book

The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young
[Public Library book]

Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

I read this book years, years, years ago and I recently tried to reread it because the movie was coming up and so I could write a fresh review. It was a DNF this second time around. And then I remember why I didn’t like that much back them either.

The writing is good [just good] and the characters are well developed. You can help but connect with them because there is tragedy involving a small child. So, the story is somehow touching but it moves sooooooo painfully slowly and it approaches some religious topics in a way that I was formulaic a little too vintage for my taste.

But, I guess it was mostly how the plot was handled that bothered me. I remember there was a lot a mystery and the suspense builds up so much that your expectations are humongous by the time you get to the end.

AND. THE.END.WAS.HORRIBLE

PERIOD

I can’t remember all the details of the book but I still can remember HOW BAD THE END MADE ME FEEL.

There is a very fine line between twisting a plot and surprising your readers and letting them down. And this book let me down so badly! I was seriously upset with the end. And that’s why as the blurb says…  I will [NEVER!] want everyone I know to read this book!

I’m actually very surprise this book is becoming a movie! It’s hitting theaters today I AM SO NOT watching it.

What about you? Have you read The Shack? Did you like it? Are you watching the movie?

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shack, 2.5 “too vintage” stars

  • Tamara Narayan

    I read the book and was intrigued, but not blown away. What did blow me away was going to hear the author talk about his life and what lead him to write the book (and the story behind the publication of The Shack, which was of interest since I’m a writer). If this presentation is available on YouTube, it would be worth checking out. I probably won’t rush out to see the movie, but maybe I’ll check it out via Redbox some day.