Overall rating and opinion of "McDowell"

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My rating is 3 out of 4. I liked the character development of McDowell. The author seemed somewhat defending Hiram's crime of killing his nephew. Otherwise it was a great book.
I would recommend it to everyone who is trying to overcome his inner demons. The book might provide them a good direction but i think the end isn't satisfying. The outcome of virtuous acts can't so cruel.
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It's a great book. In this book, various aspects of human nature are depicted by different characters in a very convincing manner. It's impossible to not like Hiram's character with his numerous faults and the endearing qualities he develops in the latter part of the book. What I liked most about was the amazing character development of not only Hiram but also of Sophia. I didn't like over-descriptiveness. But, despite that I'd definitely, recommend it to others.

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I haven't read it yet, but would really like to check it out

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I gave this story a good rating. You must read all the way through the book to fully appreciate it. As the story unfolds, the character must deal with the aftermath of the crime he committed and face the choices he has made. The issues of human nature and psychological concepts of conformity addressed in this novel are applicable to any culture, and any age group. What I liked most about the book was that there were no heroes - only normal people doing normal things.

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I found this book very interesting and thought it was well-written. To those who could not read it, I would say that you must read it to the very end. The book has a well-developed plot with many twists and turns. The character actually changes throughout the story, and although he is unlikable at first, but I could identify with him towards the middle and the end.

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I wasn't sure I would like McDowell at first, but I ended up really enjoying it once things actually started to happen. The first chunk of the book was so boring to me!

I found Hiram McDowell to be such an unlikeable character the first part of the book giving background and talking about his accomplishments was very off-putting to me. I also disliked that it was hard to tell how much time went by in between chapters.

Once a key event happened I was shocked by the events that followed. I couldn't stop reading!

I would give McDowell a 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend others read it if they have the patience to get through the boring (yet necessary) beginning of the book. I find it amazing that I could hate the main character so much but still enjoy the book!

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I think it was grasping one, the story holds you till the very last as to see what this man is capable of even in the end it was a good one and I ll give it 4 stars

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Post by kelseydwf »

Based on the official review of this book, it sounds intriguing! I love vibrant, realistic characters, flaws and all. I don't necessarily have to personally like a character to enjoy their presence in the book. I'd definitely be interested in reading more. Some editing errors would be distracted, but I can get past just a few.
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Post by Namaste23 »

I enjoyed reading McDowell. The book was unpredictable and made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happened next. I didn't enjoy all the violence and misogyny but it was pertinent to the story. I would recommend reading this book especially if you like unpredictability.

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While he did get some form of redemption and did make some improvements, I still found his character incredibly dislikable and for me this made it hard for me to enjoy the book.

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I rarely can’t finish a book but I just could not get through the first few chapters. It sounds like there’s redemption later in the story, but unfortunately I couldn’t even make it a 1/3 of the way through before I had to give up and move on.

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