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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit by a speedboat
An intriguing, concise and brilliant novel - exploring belief, unbelief and paranoia. Marie is on a post-conference jaunt with her pathologist husband, Alex, planning to tell him that she is leaving him for Daniel, also a doctor, when Alex is hit by a speedboat in an accident while swimming and is taken to a French hospital where he is pronounced dead. But Alex is not...
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Eileen Shaw

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2.0 out of 5 stars Cold Ending
I was disappointed by this book. The initial urgency and tension were slowly suffocated by monotony. He didn't seem to go anywhere with his ideas and ultimately I felt I didn't understand the main character or what her thought processes were. By the end of the story she seemed illogical and two dimentional - along with the rest of the characters!! I SO wanted a good...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit by a speedboat, 18 Sep 2009
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An intriguing, concise and brilliant novel - exploring belief, unbelief and paranoia. Marie is on a post-conference jaunt with her pathologist husband, Alex, planning to tell him that she is leaving him for Daniel, also a doctor, when Alex is hit by a speedboat in an accident while swimming and is taken to a French hospital where he is pronounced dead. But Alex is not dead. The blow to his head has induced symptoms which slow his heart down so radically that he can relapse and seem dead, even though he is not. He walks out of the hospital (dressed in doctor's scrubs) and leaves France without telling his wife. It is possible that he has forgotten her altogether at this point, since his memory is faulty. However, Marie tracks him down to their apartment in New York and there follows something of an adventure as he relapses and recovers in various states and in various cities. They end up in Carmel, California, where a year ago Marie had a strange religious experience - even though she is profoundly anti-religious. She becomes convinced that she is being persecuted and that, somehow, her husband's recovery depends on her actions in relation to the religious experience. This scenario is delicately enhanced and worked through to a satisfactory ending.

Brian Moore is one of the best novelists working in the form - each of his books has a depth and intelligence beyond many of the writers of today. His prose is plain and yet subtle, bringing characters to life with just a few words of dialogue. His creativity is ingenious as he tussles with some of the concepts - religious belief and non-belief in this novel - that would defeat other writers. Human beings are strange creatures and there is no one better than Moore when it comes to explaining why they do the wrong thing or the right thing (or indeed anything!), and why it is sometimes arbitrary that they have self-knowledge or even a half-understanding of some of their own actions, thoughts and feelings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cold Ending, 15 Dec 2011
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I was disappointed by this book. The initial urgency and tension were slowly suffocated by monotony. He didn't seem to go anywhere with his ideas and ultimately I felt I didn't understand the main character or what her thought processes were. By the end of the story she seemed illogical and two dimentional - along with the rest of the characters!! I SO wanted a good ending to a good start, but was left very disappointed.

Nini
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