Donna Clements

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (97 of 125)
Location: evesham, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 36,681 - Total Helpful Votes: 97 of 125
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing first novel., 3 Aug 2014
I loved this book, and can see why so many others do. As a first novel, it is impressively constructed. The different typefaces work to strong effect as they document the spiralling mental state of the main character. (I read the paperback. - not sure how this translates on Kindle.)
It doesnt provide a Hollywood ending, which is refreshing, but rather shows that with any form of mental health issue, there are only degrees of good and bad, and any 'hope' has to be realistically measured.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I bought this book purely based on Amazon reviews - the blurb did nothing to excite me. Well, thank you Amazon. This is a wonderful atmospheric thought provoking novel that I struggled to put down. I can imagine it would make a great movie. The writing was poetic and accomplished, the characters vividly brought to life and a simple but effective narrative.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not a lot happens. The narrator is whiney. I struggled to care when it turns out one of the main characters is a monkey. Most characters are very two dimensional - for a book about family the additional family members have very little to say or do, so you get no real taste of them. I read to the end but didn't really care about any of them. The plot was paper thin. I am now wondering what I am missing that so many others raved about.

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