Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review of October Night by Theresa Oles

Synopsis: "One early October evening a young woman comes across an enigmatic man, Marius Millet. Her name is Jolene Munroe, twenty-years-old and a college student, who has traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to study for a year. The two develop a relationship that soon intensifies, despite a secret that Marius keeps from her, which he desperately tries to conceal from her in an effort to cling to their relationship. He is married with two teenage daughters, and it’s a choice Jolene must make as she struggles with her own desires and the incessant pull from her own conscience. Then there’s Anna, Jolene’s eccentric roommate, who finds another troubling way to cope with her own sense of inadequacy and vulnerability."

My Review: This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. I was looking forward to reading this book, it seemed to fit into the New Adult genre which I am really getting into now. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my hopes. It took me almost three months to read and that is highly unusual for me. I think it was the excessive and repetitive descriptions that really turned me off. They took away from the meat of the story, as a result I wasn't able to develop a relationship or emotional connection with the characters. I felt very disconnected from them with only brief periods that I cared what happen to them. The closest connection was to Marius, I am not sure if we were suppose to like him or not but he was the one I kind of wanted to see end up happy. I believe with some editing work and reviewing the book for words that were incorrectly used, this could be a very good book that readers of the New Adult genre could enjoy.
My Rating: I really do believe with some editing that October Night could be really good, and while it didn't live up to my expectations some one else my enjoy the style of writing.  That said I give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.
October Night was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can find out more about Therese Oles on her Goodreads Page.

If you want to see if October Night is more to your tastes you can download a digital copy on Amazon


  1. That's too bad it wasn't what you were expecting. The premise seems intriguing enough though. I'm really getting into reading books that take place in Europe. ;)

    1. I do enjoy reading books from other places but sometimes I feel lost because they aren't familiar. A lot of times I will goggle the location to see if I can familiarize myself and be drawn into the story more.