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May 18, 2021NANCY ELIZABETH WHITLATCH rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I hate giving this a two star rating. It appears to deserve so much more for the depth of the story and the metaphors that are considered so well done by the book critics. The problem I had is being left with a sense that so much was left inconclusive. It is a book where you really have to read between the lines to get it. I'm still trying to figure out what the double meaning of the title is or even what the title means in the first place. It for sure isn't literally about stealing horses. I don't like it when a book makes me have to think so much. Does that make me a lazy reader and why I'm not a good writer? I was determined to understand all the double meanings in this book and read many reviews after finishing it; but to no avail. Reading the multiple four and five star ratings on Goodreads I could easily be swayed to up my rating. But I can't do it. I need to read it with a book club and dissect it to understand what the heck half of what the author meant. I was really engaged in the first part of the book but at the turn of a page the author has us caught up in war with the father involved in the resistance, couriering documents in and out of neutral Sweden. That's where I got lost and had to go research the Germans occupation of Norway; not even being sure I was going in the right direction with that. Yikes!! I'm out!