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Pdf/E–pub (The Mask Collectors)
Assigned 4 stars Unusual but tense and thought provoking From my editor s letterWhat if you were told that in the very near future you could take a pill from a doctor and any ailments you may have will disappear with no side effects When anthropologist Duncan McCloud is hired by a pharmaceutical giant that s exactly what he s told he ll be working toward But how can an anthropologist especially one specializing in a Sri Lankan healing itual help with this ambitious project As Duncan dives further into his A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners research his wife Dr Grace McCloud startseceiving anonymous messages warning her about ambiguous dangers around this company including some about the traditional masks involved in her husband s esearch And then people she knows start mysteriously dyingReading Ruvanee s debut novel had me turning the pages faster than any book in ecent memory Just like Grace I too wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery But what kept me in awe was not only the vast conspiracy that Ruvanee masterfully spins in this delightful literary suspense but also that in her writing she allows us to spend time in the uieter moments of the bonds a husband and wife have and the secrets they may keep from each other In the end this book weaves a compelling story from New Jersey to Sri Lanka all the while tackling with ease huge issues like our trust in Big Pharma and how our cultural backgrounds can play their own part in our belief systems This was my choice for the Prime First Reads for May 2019 This is an oddly complicated story that moves between the USA and Sri Lanka kicking off with the eunion of a group of people who studied together at the international school in Kandy When one of them dies Grace and her husband Duncan get sucked into an increasingly complex web of lies and deceit Duncan has a great new job for a pharmaceutical company but he s not a pharmacist he s an anthropologist Apparently he s supposed to be helping them with their marketing strategy I work in marketing I work on strategy and this part of the storyline is laughably poor Even once I d finished the book it still made zero sense to me that they had done thisPeople love to believe that bi. An investigation into murder becomes a dance with the devil in a breakthrough novel of illusion conspiracy and beliefThe alumni of an international boarding school have gathered at a campground in ural New Jersey when a scream breaks the silence of the woods Classmates are shocked to find journalist Angie Osborne suddenly dead The medical examiner’s eport isn’t wh.
G Pharma is evil and this book plays into that but the plot is ludicrous Placebos and anti placebos nocebos I think they called them are just too far fetched as a plot driver that justifies killing lots of people I also found it bizarre that a US pharmaceutical company could have been inspired by Sri Lankan itualsThere are a lot of gaps in this story People come and go without eally being properly introduced The whole Kandy International School pre story is never eally explained How could a group of people who met as kids in Kandy still be in touch all these years later It s too far fetched My friend who lives in Colombo has his two teen boys in an International School there and there s no way the fleeting elationships of an international school would support such a plot lineI liked being taken to Sri Lanka to places I knew and have visited but the whole thing just didn t gel for me On a Facebook book club that I use somebody said they d picked it because they wanted to learn about Sri Lanka Sorry but this book eally isn t going to help anybody with that particular ambitionSo aside from not believing the elationships between the KIS group not finding the plot in the slightest bit feasible not liking the emphasis on Sri Lanka as some kind of mumbo jumbo backward country and being professionally offended by what the author thinks marketing strategy is about the book shows a lot of promise and I might well ead this author again Interesting concept about placebo drugs and a shady drug company but the core mystery lost focus with side plots and unnecessary characters Why does Grace the wife study the ovaries of flies We hear about her fly dissections numerous times throughout the book and the author creepily mentions she needs the ovaries but we never learn why or how this even elates to the story The characters of Marla and the neighbor Gordon are annoying and don t eally advance the plot several paragraphs are wasted on interactions with them One of the main mysteries we as the eader are faced with is a voicemail Grace eceives from Angie the woman who dies at the beginning of the book We finally hear the voicemail than halfway through th. At anyone expects Oddly the death scene eminds anthropologist Duncan McCloud of a thovile a Sri Lankan itual he’s spent years studyingWhen Duncan’s new employer a pharmaceutical giant sends him overseas under shadowy pretenses and his wife Dr Grace McCloud starts to eceive anonymous warnings to doubt everyone and everything the threads of a sweeping conspiracy be.
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E book and it is so stupid and isn t eally helpful to figuring out why she got murdered The storyline in Sri Lanka is far fetched and the ending is too conveniently wrapped up While this book has some interesting information about Sri Lanka I find the writing style to be lacking for example there are many instances where a full paragraph is just a character asking themselves uestions and the plot confusing ather than mysterious though still easy to figure out once you e about 23 of the way through Lots of misdirection that doesn t eally pay off plotwise For example there is a plot point based around a character being Muslim that doesn t seem to eally serve a purpose in the story and it s forgotten as uickly as it s brought upJanie is 9 years old but talks and acts like a much younger child I found it unrealistic that a child of her age would emain completely oblivious to the fact that she s been kidnapped and that every adult around her is on a serious edge Many conversations throughout the book are over explanatory and feel like they only exist to advance very specific plot points that are esolved unsatisfactorily looking at you airplane conversations The end of the book seems to suggest that you can will away infertility and Grace ending up pregnant almost immediately after ealizing she d willed herself into six miscarriages was not only far fetched but too neat a bowI did not connect with either Grace or Duncan They each spend the majority of the book being absolutely clueless about everything that s going on until about 90% through despite the many many clues heaped into their laps Duncan is especially guilty of this given that Bent acts suspiciously from the start but he doesn t do much than wonder what s going on and ask himself the same uestions over and over Grace s internal monologue is insufferable and her big secret is overall a letdown plotwise Bent gives away all his and Cinasat s secrets in the last few pages of the book with little esistanceI give this two stars because I made myself finish it and I found the information about Sri Lanka interesting I also enjoyed the glossary at the end that explains some of the terms use. Gin to unravel Risking than their own lives Duncan and Grace embark on a treacherous journey through occult ceremonies and their own hidden pasts to discover a secret worth killing forIn taut precise language Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer’s debut novel The Mask Collectors tells a story about deception the power of belief and what is left unspoken between husbands and wive.