I just finished reading this book and I wanted to post my review while it was still fresh in my mind.
Rainbow Rowell (it is NOT a pseudonym, honest) is a writer for the Omaha World-Herald. Her novel, The Attachments is set at The Courier, a fictional Omaha newspaper, so Ms. Rowell should be well prepared for making her characters come to life; and they certainly do. Her real talent as an author though, comes shining through in the crisp accuracy of her dialogue.
Jennifer and Beth are co-workers at the Courier. They are in different departments on different floors and although they don’t see each other every day they share, as girlfriends do, their deepest thoughts and feelings in multiple emails each day. Lincoln works in IT Security and his job is to monitor internal emails and send out warnings when the system is being abused. Lincoln isn’t thrilled with his job or his life. He has still not totally recovered from a break-up years ago with his high school sweetheart. His Saturday nights are spent playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends less lonely than himself. Unfortunately, the job pays well, there is little to do and so he remains captive to his employer without the strength to call it quits.
Although the emails of Jennifer and Beth should result in almost daily warnings, Lincoln can’t bring himself to do so. He finds himself looking forward to reading their posts. To reveal any more about what is contained in these online secrets would be to spoil this book for those who might want to read it; and you SHOULD want to read it as it is totally enjoyable from beginning to end.
It isn’t deep, and it isn’t profound, it’s just damn good. This one is five ***** stars.