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Haunting and gripping - a good first novel
on 18 February 2009
Once I'd started this novel, I found it very difficult to put down. Written in two voices, and inter-weaving past and present, it is written in an accomplished style, with an engaging storyline. The characters, whilst not altogether pleasant seemed believable, although I don't feel that in the parts of the novel set in the late 1980s the sense of time and place is quite right. The novel raises questions about the repercussions the past can have in our present day lives, and our inability to let things go. Louise, a young woman, goes to Oxford, to find the man who she believes killed her mother, has an affair with the man's son and is drawn into his family circle. Like other reviewers, the plot did feel slightly predictable and in some ways similar to other novels. However, what lifts this beyond the mediocre is the rather haunting mood and good turn of expression that Rebecca Connell uses. I found the ending slightly disappointing, and the 'twist' if that is what it was intended to be rather obvious, but I nevertheless enjoyed reading this and I will definitely be seeking out futher works by this author. Well worth reading.