I'm unsure of just how to evaluate The Seventh Child. Exceedingly long and complicated, I have to wonder how on earth the author managed to keep all of the characters, threads, and backgrounds straight when writing the book.
The book opens with a scene of a murder of a woman on a beach in Denmark in 2001. Her body is surrounded by what appear to be important, but indecipherable, symbols. There is no identification. The police have little to go on, although the weirdness of the scene remains a burr in the police chief's memory.
The investigation is eventually shelved as it fails to produce any leads. Then for the next 500-600 pages, the body on the beach is pretty much forgotten as the lives of seven children who were at the famous Kungslund orphanage at the same time are presented in detail.
Final Evaluation: I'm glad I read it, but can't say I really liked it. Now, isn't that a contradiction in terms!
read in February
Mystery. April 1, 2014. 642 pages.