I recently got the chance to review Out of the Shoebox by Yaron Reshef. This is the story of a son tasked with finding long lost information about family members who have been long gone themselves. What will he find out about family members he barely knew?
One day, Reshef's sister receives a phone call about a mysterious parcel of land that their father may have once owned. Unfortunately, their father passed away many years earlier. As a result, she passed the call onto her brother. Shoebox tells Reshef's tale of trying to find the pertinent information required to claim the land parcel and the difficulties he comes across when so many of the people involved are deceased.
I found it very difficult to keep myself interested in the story. Reshef's story-telling style drags on with inner thoughts and too many details. Instead of getting to the point, he gives minute details that are completely unnecessary to the story. And just when you are getting into the mystery of the land parcel, he switches over to find information about family members lost in the Holocaust. I really wanted to like the book but I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I only got about halfway through before I gave up. Maybe one day I will go back to find out what happened with the long lost lot.
I received a copy of this book for free. All opinions contained within are solely my own.