As an avid follower of all things book related, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney has been on my “To-Read” radar since its publication in March of this year.
The cover alone was enough for me to want to own this book, with its shiny gold embellishments against the pale eggshell blue background, pure perfection in a cover. But did the pages inside outshine what was on the outside? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
The Nest is a story of four dysfunctional siblings and how each of their lives are shaken when one of the siblings actions results in their mutual trust fund is emptied. Following mainly the perspective of the four Plumb siblings – Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice – The Nest, is as the french flap describes as,
“A story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend on one another, and the ways we let one another down.”
The Nest for me, unfortunately, was not the triumphant debut that every other person has made it out to me. Most of the characters fell flat for me, save for Beatrice, who was the least insufferable of the siblings. To be completely honest, I cared more about the few chapters told from widower Tommy O’Toole, than I did for any of the Plumb siblings.
My least favourite character, as the plot dictated from the beginning, was Leo Plumb, who basically brought out the worst of all his siblings. Worse than that was the fact that the other Plumb siblings knew Leo was not the glue to keep the family together and yet still held out hope, I mean silly, right?
All in all the con’s of the novel, the unlikable characters, and the fact that D’Aprix Sweeney could have focus on secondary characters and made a more interesting story, I don’t think this will be making its way on to my re-read list anytime soon
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars