Goodreads Review: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Four star review, originally posted here on December 21, 2020 during a mass-review of pandemic audiobooks.

[DISCLAIMER: I’m catching up on months worth of Audiobook reviews, so writing this quickly.]

Very, very interesting subject matter. I ran into the same issue here that I did with Kolker’s last book, Lost Girls; there were so many people to follow, who were all so similar to one another, and yet each with their own story, that at times it was difficult to keep track of which child was which. A basic list for reference would have been handy (I don’t know if the print book had this or not, but I did the audiobook). Still, that’s just the nature of the subject matter, and it wasn’t too detracting. I feel like I had some minor complaints about structure, but I’m late on this review so I can’t quite remember. I think it was about the later chapters, when we started learning about the researchers. I think we kinda lost momentum by that point. But overall a really fascinating story and well worth the read.


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