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Another great conundrum
on 3 April 2014
I have just finished The Other Half Lives on a long train journey. I enjoyed it so much that I was disappointed to reach the end. I love Sophie's conundrums; you know the plot is going to be complex, it has to be to unpick the riddle. I don't understand reviewers saying it was too far-fetched. This is fiction; crime, murder and passion in Yorkshire. Frankly, with a few notable exceptions, people don't go around murdering each other all that often up here so of course it is going to be unreal.
I thought it was very clever, maintained my interest, was catchy and very colourful (literally and metaphorically). As an art lover myself I could see the paintings; and 15 Megson Crescent too where many of them were hanging. It takes a particular craft to describe people and places so well that the reader feels they are right there with the protagonists.
I have been reading Sophie's books for years but often out of sequence (which is A Bad Thing I know) so it was good to finally learn how Charlie and Simon had become engaged. Some day when I have the time, I shall read them all again in order, but I already know The Other Half Lives will be one of my favourite Culver Valley books.