Book Review: The Truth About Delilah Blue – Tish Cohen

Title: The Truth About Delilah Blue
Author: Tish Cohen
ISBN: 9780061875977
Pages: 448
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

Lila Mack is an artist, though she isn’t able to attend art school.  Her father has refused to pay for it, so instead she has decided to model for art classes, and soak up the professor’s lessons while she is earning some money.  When her mother shows up at one of her art classes, the mother who abandoned her when she was just eight years old, Lila is shocked.  But what’s even more crazy is the story Lila’s mother has to tell, about what really happened all those years ago.

Review:

The Truth About Delilah Blue centers around the character of Lila Mack, a lost soul who is trying to figure out where she belongs.  When her mother reappears, it makes Lila even more confused – has her entire life been a lie?  What other secrets are there, lurking beneath the surface?  Cohen portrays this confused woman who, inside is still a little girl, very well.

The pacing of The Truth About Delilah Blue leaves something to be desired.  It is a very slow book, especially considering that the reader can guess most of the big reveals before they happen.  It’s well written, but sometimes fails to engage the reader because of its pace.  A tighter, shorter novel may have provided more suspense and worked better to drive the story forward.  As it stands, I found myself skimming sometimes as I was waiting for something to happen.

That’s not to say that The Truth About Delilah Blue is a bad book at all, because it’s not.  The characters are really the strong point of the novel.  Cohen has carefully constructed each of them, making sure that they are as lifelike as possible.  I often found myself frustrated with both Lila’s father and mother, irritated on Lila’s behalf because I was so taken in by her character.

This was an interesting novel, and while I wasn’t completely captivated by it, it made me very curious about Tish Cohen’s other books.  I appreciated how well developed the characters were, and how I wanted each of them to have a happy ending.  The plot left something to be desired, but if you enjoy quiet, contemplative novels about complicated characters, you might enjoy this one more than I did.

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Comments

  1. I’ll have to wait for the right time to read this since it’s slow paced.

  2. I’ll have to wait for the right time to read this since it’s slow paced.

  3. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. It’s sad that it is so slow- paced.

  4. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. It’s sad that it is so slow- paced.

  5. I’m totally fine with slow paced, but then I have to fall in love with the characters much much more. 🙂

  6. I’m totally fine with slow paced, but then I have to fall in love with the characters much much more. 🙂

  7. I’m totally fine with slow paced, but then I have to fall in love with the characters much much more. 🙂

  8. I’m totally fine with slow paced, but then I have to fall in love with the characters much much more. 🙂

  9. I read this one and enjoyed it for the most part, but agree with you that the surprises aren’t all that surprising. I liked the ending, though! If you want to check out more of her books, I would recommend “Town House”. I thought that one was good.

  10. I read this one and enjoyed it for the most part, but agree with you that the surprises aren’t all that surprising. I liked the ending, though! If you want to check out more of her books, I would recommend “Town House”. I thought that one was good.

  11. Hm, I’m definitely not one for slow reads, but strong characters are what make me really love books. So I’m conflicted on this one. I think I’d probably have to do what some other commenters have suggested and just wait to read this at the appropriate time, if at all.

  12. Hm, I’m definitely not one for slow reads, but strong characters are what make me really love books. So I’m conflicted on this one. I think I’d probably have to do what some other commenters have suggested and just wait to read this at the appropriate time, if at all.

  13. Hi! there are lots of books here that I really want to read!:-)
    I just wonder, how do you read all these books in such a short period of time. You must be a fast reader:-)
    Happoy reading!

  14. Hi! there are lots of books here that I really want to read!:-)
    I just wonder, how do you read all these books in such a short period of time. You must be a fast reader:-)
    Happoy reading!

  15. I read this one some time ago as well. It was a longer more indepth read for me but despite it being a bit slow I enjoyed it.

  16. I read this one some time ago as well. It was a longer more indepth read for me but despite it being a bit slow I enjoyed it.

  17. I spotlighted this for my imprint feature because it really called to me. I still haven’t read it but I absolutely plan to.

  18. I spotlighted this for my imprint feature because it really called to me. I still haven’t read it but I absolutely plan to.

  19. I didn’t enjoy this one very much either. I thought the mystery was quite obvious and it was too long. It was quite a fast read for me, but it wasn’t terribly worthwhile. I have heard good things about her other novel though.

  20. I didn’t enjoy this one very much either. I thought the mystery was quite obvious and it was too long. It was quite a fast read for me, but it wasn’t terribly worthwhile. I have heard good things about her other novel though.

  21. I don’t really enjoy novels that are very slow paced and obvious, so I don’t think this one would be for me. I am glad to hear that you did like parts of it though, and it was interesting to read your thoughts.

  22. I don’t really enjoy novels that are very slow paced and obvious, so I don’t think this one would be for me. I am glad to hear that you did like parts of it though, and it was interesting to read your thoughts.

  23. This felt like a very slow book to me, too, and I’m having a hard time remembering much about it after reading it last summer (or fall?)!

  24. This felt like a very slow book to me, too, and I’m having a hard time remembering much about it after reading it last summer (or fall?)!

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