Strangers in Budapest

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 14 Dec 2017

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This was on the verge of being interesting but I felt it was a bit repetitive and could have done with some editing. I also expected a bigger mystery - the climax at the end was over before it started and we were left with more questions than answers. The premise was interesting as was the setting of Budapest in the 90s. It was very atmospheric but something was missing - maybe more backstory? The history/backstory as it was told was one-sided and so we didn't get another perspective, which would have really elevated this book. I hope you have better luck with it - it definitely had some good parts even if it was a little boring, unexplained and repetitive. Strangers in Budapest...

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I'm giving this book 3 stars. I have to say overall I was disappointed~ I think the main reason is the lack of character development. They are all flat. Really no substance to them, and anything they did seemed as though they couldn't give any forethought to what they were about to do. We follow the lives of Annie and Will, who have made the decision to move to Hungary so that Will can pursue possible lucrative work options. At the point we meet them, eight months after their move, not much has happened as far as work and career success. Are they bored? Possibly. They receive a seemingly odd message from their former neighbour back home in Massachussetts to check up on an elderly...

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Will and Annie and their newly adopted son moved to Budapest after the fall of Communism and the departure of the Russians. Will hoped to set up cell phone service in the country. Annie wanted to leave the prying eyes of an invasive Massachusetts social worker assigned to the adoption. However after 8 months in the city, Will was still trying to get approvals for his venture and Annie was getting bored of their life as ex pats. So when a neighbor from their old town in the US asked them to look in on an old friend, Annie and Will made the trip across town to the old man’s apartment. There they found Edward, a Jewish World War II veteran, who seemed to be struggling to survive in the hot...

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Best read as a novel about American expats trying to make a new life in 1990s Budapest, Keener, regrettably, added an odd revenge tale to the story of Annie and Will, who are having a tough go. Edward is convinced his son in law murdered his daughter and is determined to make him pay. This part of the story, where Anne goes all in, didn't work for me, Interesting concept but stupid on her part and frankly, Edward didn't impress me as someone to go to the wall for. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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A beautifully written story of a young couple and their child's escape to Budapest to try and leave their past but they realize there is no escaping who you are.
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So, yeah. This is a little awkward. This review is of Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener. Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!) So, fair and honest it will be. I didn’t like this book very much. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads. I see that others liked it quite a bit and I respect that and I’m not going to trash it, but I just didn’t like it very much at all. I’m not someone who goes to a restaurant looking for things to nitpik. I want to be pleased. I just wasn’t. To work on the positive side, the book did eventually work itself up to a dramatic conclusion which was good to read. Beyond that, though...

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I was first drawn to this book by the idea of an American couple along with their infant son moving to Budapest right after the fall of the communist regime. That story alone would have led me to read this book, but then you also throw in an elderly World War II veteran who saved countless Hungarian Jews from Nazi camps that is in Budapest for mysterious reasons and I knew I had to read this book. Annie and Will along with their newly adopted infant son move to Budapest in 1995. Will is trying to start a company that will help the citizens of Budapest. The couple soon find that things move very slowly in Budapest and that the leaders of cities say things they don't mean and move on plans...

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The book’s premise, the descriptions of the landscape, and the insights into the culture of Hungary are all engaging. The scene of plot resolution is intense and effective. There were just too many inconsistencies in the writing quality and sections that felt drawn out unnecessarily for the book to go beyond mediocre for me.
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What a great premise and setting but, sadly, so badly done. There was nothing literary about this, either. The main character was dense and overwrought and the prose repetitious enough that I nearly didn’t finish it. My own stubbornness and the question of how the author was going to tie everything up were the only things that keep me going but again I was disappointed in the mishandling of an interesting concept. A lot of the writing felt like filler and felt distant, though conversely the husband was one of the most one-dimensional characters I’ve read this year. I wish the author had invested as much in her characters as she did in the setting.
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Budapest right After the war,changing adjusting to a new atmosphere characters that pop off the pages.I was drawn right in a thriller very well written,very literary,
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Strangers in Budapest is an atmospheric look into how our pasts shape us and how our choices affect others. Keener deftly depicts life for expatriates, Will and Annie, who are trying to incorporate themselves into the business world of Budapest in the 1990s. Things go awry when their friends stateside ask them to check in on the elderly man who is using their apartment in Budapest. Edward, a Jewish-American who faught in World War II, is in Budapest seeking answers about his daughter’s death. As the two stories begin to converge, the characters reflect on the choices that lead them where they are and what those choices mean for their futures.
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Will and Annie might be at loose ends in Budapest, but the elderly man they check on during a heatwave has no questions about what he is in the city to do in Jessica Keener’s Strangers in Budapest. Will and Annie are in the city to try and get Will’s cell phone business up and running. Unfortunately, Will keeps hitting dead ends. Meanwhile, Annie only has her jogging and intermittent parenting to occupy her. But Edward Weiss, the elderly man they meet one hot day, is in the city for vengeance. I’ll be blunt. This little summary makes the book sound a lot more interesting than it actually is. I was frequently frustrated with the way the plot fails to progress in any meaningful way for most...

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"Strangers in Budapest" blossomed with potential. Within its pages, a story of two strangers unfolds with all of their shared grief, disappointment, and hurt - not to mention the mysterious and storied Eastern European setting. However, from the beginning, I slowly trudged along, chapter by chapter longing for the ending to come. The action unraveled slowly without much to support its delay; the first real twist didn't come until I was around two-thirds of the way through. By that point, my curiosity was long gone. My interest piqued, however, whenever adoption was mentioned. Annie and Will, the main characters, adopted their son from birth before leaving the U.S. for Hungary. As a mom...

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STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST is atmospheric and well-written and we are plunged into a slow-burning suspenseful story from the first line. Keener's writing is assured and literary; the character development, particularly with respect to Annie and Will, is multi-layered. I can see comparisons to Chris Pavone and Anne Korkeakivi. Those looking for a fast-paced, mindless thriller will want to turn elsewhere, but if your taste runs to the literary, STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST will surely satisfy. The imagery of Budapest will stick with me for a long time.
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I'm sorry Algonquin, but this is just not my cup of tea. Thank you anyway!
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Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener is a novel that draws the reader in from the very first pages. The story is a young couple, Will and Annie, that have been living in Budapest with their toddler for a year. Will has a plan to bring telecommunications to Hungary but has found it challenging to gain the support of local officials. Annie has found it hard to make a place for herself among people whose temperament she finds very strange. From the start, there is an air of menace in Strangers in Budapest that seems to permeate every scene, event, and conversation in the novel. After a mysterious fax from their old neighbors in the states that happened to be from Hungary Annie and Will...

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This is a harsh portrayal of Budapest soon after the fall of the Communist regime. An American couple couple are caught up with the possibilities available in this enigmatic city but are soon caught up into a deadly scheme. This is a thriller and a primer on Budapest's history.
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An interesting story set in Budapest shortly after the fall of the Communist regime. It was a city in flux; not yet set up to maintain a modicum of civilized life through the presence of the normal services available via local government properly functioning. A young American couple from New England: Annie and Will have decided to move there looking to set up a business in the changing economy. With them is their newly adopted son who is still a baby and requiring the care that infants normally do. Will sets about trying to make the contacts and obtain the knowledge to realize the dream that inspired them to come to a country that was once within the Iron curtain. Annie...

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Often, when you begin to tell friends about your latest trip to an exotic location, their eyes glaze over after the first anecdote. Or, after the third story, your beloved friends encourage you to write a book about your experience living in another country. Either way, it is a gamble. Jessica Keener chose the full novel option and wrote a story of a young couple, Annie, and Will, from Boston who live in Budapest with their baby son, Leo. Will is trying to get his own communications firm up and running. They chose Budapest as a developing city after the changeover from a Communist state. Will works hard to make the right connections. Annie enjoys exploring the city even though the...

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