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by Marta Tandori

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This story is about multi generations of a family for whom tragedy and perversion surface far too frequently. There is a large cast and often it is hard to remember relationships particularly since some names change. The timeline seems to have some peculiar jumps but all in all it is an interesting story. ( )
  JaiW | Sep 10, 2015 |
First, a little background as to how I came to read “Too Little, Too Late”…
I read “No Hard Feelings” as my first introduction to a novel by Marta Tandori. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a page-turning, suspense-filled independent mystery. The novel captivated me as a reader. It also reminded me that there are moments in life when you meet individuals that are new acquaintances to you but you can immediately tell that these same individuals have known each other for a long time when you see them exchange a meaningful glance or hear part of their shared conversation that almost seems as though it is spoken in a code only they can understand. You can tell that they share history and have deep respect and love for one another. As I was reading the conversations between Kate and her daughter Eve, Eve and the detective, Eve and daughter Karen and niece Liz, Kate with Karen and Liz, I found myself wishing that I had read “Too Little, Too Late” first but it didn’t detract my appreciation of the sequel. It only intrigued me all the more in wishing to spend more time with all of the characters as introduced by the author.

Reading “Too Little, Too Late” answered so many questions. But beyond that I have to remind you again that I thought “No Hard Feelings” was a page-turner. So to now describe the experience of reading “Too Little, Too Late”, I either have to create a brand new term for the phrase ‘page-turner’ or at the very least I should totally spell out the entire definition of a ‘page-turner’. The definition absolutely must equal the adjectives of gripping, exciting, thriller, rapid-fire action, the power of suspense, add in some HCM – Heart-Clutching Moments (and I can’t take credit for this term), and compelling plot. The whole of that definition becomes the extraordinary “Too Little, Too Late”.

As part of the description for Writer’s Digest “Boot Camp”, it is shared that…
“Today’s best novels make readers so desperate to know what happens next that they’ll stay up reading well past midnight, blistering thumbs and all, until THE END. Then and only then will they be able to relax, their souls flooded with satisfaction, relief and peace. Only to be followed—ideally!—by a gnawing sense of unfulfillment, anxiety and a compulsion to read more books by you.”

The Writer’s Digest description fully describes the novel “Too Little, Too Late.” A review of “Too Little, Too Late” would be incomplete without mention of the explicit language and graphic sexual content. It is not shared to label the novel or to prevent a reader from the discovery and exploration of this novel and series but to contribute to the understanding that the use is not for the purposes of eroticism but to contribute to the reader’s true experience and empathy of the characters within this absorbing and unforgettable plot that encompasses history of old Hollywood and family history back to Hitler’s desire to create the ‘ultimate race’.

I am a former librarian and I do not believe in censorship. “Too Little, Too Late” is the opening of a series that I would highly recommend to adult readers. One of the reasons I love to read is because novels have the capacity to take me beyond my own life experiences, to present history in contemporary settings, to widen my understanding of human nature and of human sacrifice, to listen to voices beyond my family, my friends, my coworkers, to challenge my thoughts and expressions, to broaden my world. “Too Little, Too Late” is a novel that immersed my concentration in a time in history that is difficult to comprehend and then brings me forward to contemporary days. It is not a delicate walk but it is a meaningful walk and I am richer in thought, in empathy, in compassion, in understanding for having read the novel as part of my life journey.
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  Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
Kate Stanton remembers all too clearly about death and tragedy. Kate was raped by her own father then had his child Sonja. Sonja is killed in an explosion but Kate has never forgotten. Flash forward years later, a homeless woman carries around a necklace like it's security blanket. Liz Farrell is searching for her homeless mother Maria and not having any luck finding her. Kate Stanton's granddaughter Karen Devane goes to Kate's home to drop off items only to witness a homeless woman beating on her grandmother's mailbox. Then Karen and her friends witness this same woman be hit by a car. Karen is horror struck by what's happened yet no one believes her. What do all of these people have in common? Your answers await you in Too Little, Too Late.

I found this book to be fascinating with switching from past to the present so seamlessly. The characters are rich, bold, complex, and interesting. The story is character driven and complex. It's also page turner for me too. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books like this. ( )
  WolfFaerie17 | Jul 17, 2014 |
First, a little background as to how I came to read “Too Little, Too Late”…
I read “No Hard Feelings” as my first introduction to a novel by Marta Tandori. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a page-turning, suspense-filled independent mystery. The novel captivated me as a reader. It also reminded me that there are moments in life when you meet individuals that are new acquaintances to you but you can immediately tell that these same individuals have known each other for a long time when you see them exchange a meaningful glance or hear part of their shared conversation that almost seems as though it is spoken in a code only they can understand. You can tell that they share history and have deep respect and love for one another. As I was reading the conversations between Kate and her daughter Eve, Eve and the detective, Eve and daughter Karen and niece Liz, Kate with Karen and Liz, I found myself wishing that I had read “Too Little, Too Late” first but it didn’t detract my appreciation of the sequel. It only intrigued me all the more in wishing to spend more time with all of the characters as introduced by the author.

Reading “Too Little, Too Late” answered so many questions. But beyond that I have to remind you again that I thought “No Hard Feelings” was a page-turner. So to now describe the experience of reading “Too Little, Too Late”, I either have to create a brand new term for the phrase ‘page-turner’ or at the very least I should totally spell out the entire definition of a ‘page-turner’. The definition absolutely must equal the adjectives of gripping, exciting, thriller, rapid-fire action, the power of suspense, add in some HCM – Heart-Clutching Moments (and I can’t take credit for this term), and compelling plot. The whole of that definition becomes the extraordinary “Too Little, Too Late”.

As part of the description for Writer’s Digest “Boot Camp”, it is shared that…
“Today’s best novels make readers so desperate to know what happens next that they’ll stay up reading well past midnight, blistering thumbs and all, until THE END. Then and only then will they be able to relax, their souls flooded with satisfaction, relief and peace. Only to be followed—ideally!—by a gnawing sense of unfulfillment, anxiety and a compulsion to read more books by you.”

The Writer’s Digest description fully describes the novel “Too Little, Too Late.” A review of “Too Little, Too Late” would be incomplete without mention of the explicit language and graphic sexual content. It is not shared to label the novel or to prevent a reader from the discovery and exploration of this novel and series but to contribute to the understanding that the use is not for the purposes of eroticism but to contribute to the reader’s true experience and empathy of the characters within this absorbing and unforgettable plot that encompasses history of old Hollywood and family history back to Hitler’s desire to create the ‘ultimate race’.

I am a former librarian and I do not believe in censorship. “Too Little, Too Late” is the opening of a series that I would highly recommend to adult readers. One of the reasons I love to read is because novels have the capacity to take me beyond my own life experiences, to present history in contemporary settings, to widen my understanding of human nature and of human sacrifice, to listen to voices beyond my family, my friends, my coworkers, to challenge my thoughts and expressions, to broaden my world. “Too Little, Too Late” is a novel that immersed my concentration in a time in history that is difficult to comprehend and then brings me forward to contemporary days. It is not a delicate walk but it is a meaningful walk and I am richer in thought, in empathy, in compassion, in understanding for having read the novel as part of my life journey. ( )
  Corduroy7 | May 29, 2014 |
I read Continuance by this author and was mesmerized by the story and writing style. So, it was a natural that I would read this book. I was only a bit let down due to the storyline. For me, Continuance was a hard to follow book.

This book has a great cast of characters and a dark but gripping lengthy start to the story. Even better, there is an equally good sequel called No Hard Feelings. This author would have no trouble competing with the so-called mainstream authors. I will make it my mission to read all of Ms. Tandori's writings. ( )
  honoliipali | May 15, 2014 |
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