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I thought this was a beautifully crafted novel. Such skilful writing and such a subtle story yet full of intense emotion, memories and relationships. By a third of the way through I was totally engrossed - this is a true page turner about discovering the truth. The protagonist became a friend and I honestly didn’t want the story to end.
I hemmed and based after finishing this book as to whether or not I would write a review. This book is definitely not what I expected, and would classify it more as a character development exploration novel and not as a thriller, mystery, or suspense read.
The author writes beautifully and her verbiage is more prose than not. The book is not plot driven. It took me about a third of the book until I relaxed and started to read the book for its fanciful storytelling; I gave up searching for the rationale and explanation for the way the characters related to their environment and each other.
How do I say this? Humor me: pretend you're a guest star on Scooby Doo. Velma's aunt has lost a silver fork. The gang is raring to go help, but Fred can't find his scarf; Daphne is in an argument with her mother regarding breaking a curfew; Velma can't find her spare set of glasses and keeps running into everyone exclaiming "jinkies"; and the Mystery Machine's mysteriously developed a flat tire. What do you do? Do you try and help solve the little mysteries, or do you decide to sit on the sidelines with Shaggy and Scooby, pig out on overstuffed sandwiches, and watch the story unfold?
I recommend sitting on the sidelines and enjoying the author's writing. If you're looking for a traditional mystery or anything plot driven, you will be sorely disappointed with this novel as your choice.
This was not a mystery but a 'coming if age' game played by 4 friends + one. The mystery is how the author was able to keep the main character in her perpetual state of mania. Catching up as adults defined how young people seek change and adventure. Holding onto memories caused these subjects to pull away and stay away. Maturation is powerful and painful. I did enjoy the author's ability to make the reader comfortable in England, especially London. I would say this is a little Dickens-esque. Looking forward to future works.
This is my favorite book so far this year. It’s just the kind of book I love. Moody, atmospheric, secrets, sadness but satisfying, great characters, great descriptions. I’ve read that it was described as a thriller but it’s not. It’s a mystery, the story of friends and lovers past and present. I found it to be very rich and I’m just sad it’s over.