Book Review: The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas

I really, really wanted to enjoy this book; I mean it sounded like the perfect easy chick-lit book. Except it took me almost two months to read because I kept getting distracted by better books.


I also thought it was going to be a little more adventurous in that Fiona was going to be traveling around Ireland after her wedding fiasco. However, the very first page has her already in the destination where the story takes place. This was disappointing, but also partly my fault for why since I went in with a different expectation.

I finished this book over a month ago and don’t remember much. Which goes to show me how forgettable this book was.

The characters were not exciting to me or even well fleshed out. Both Fiona and Sean were meh to me. They both had personality, but they felt flat to me or something was just missing. And there’s Nancy, who is supposed to be the villain, but honestly, she’s just a determined and confident person who comes off bitchy sometimes.

The whole romance bit that is supposed to occur between Fiona and Sean took way too long and it wasn’t even a slow burn. It was one of those things where each suddenly started having these romantic type thoughts about the other. I hate when authors do that; it didn’t feel organic – it actually tends to feel forced to me when it’s written that way.

The plot I will say is, for the most part, well written. However, the pace was way too slow for me. It felt like the Jo Thomas couldn’t figure out if she was writing a story that was character driven or plot driven. I can see how some thought it was a fun, easy read, but unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy the overall plot.

The one small redeeming point is that Jo Thomas isn’t a bad writer. Everything made sense and the plot didn’t have any confusing parts. Not amazing, but good enough.

Overall, I really did not like this book.

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