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on 11 September 2013
'All Our Yesterdays' by Cristin Terrill - quite possibly the best book I have read in a long time. I started to type out a long title, over-brimming with adjectives - brilliant, clever, complex, intense, funny, moving... - but I settled on perfect. It was either that or wow.
I admit, what really grabbed me about this book was the quote from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. One of my favourite quotes, it sums up this novel perfectly. I bought my copy elsewhere, and find myself now wishing I had ordered it from Amazon! Under £4 is an incredible price for an incredible book. I was hooked by the first sentence... ("I stare at the drain in the centre of the concrete floor. It was the first thing I saw when they locked me in this cell, and I've barely looked away since.") ...and I could barely put this book down since.
The writing is outstanding. I cannot fault it. There are so many books out there that may have a gripping story, or compelling characters, yet are let down by shoddy writing. Not this. The brilliant, intricately complicated plot is held together by faultless writing. (Shoot, there I go with the adjectives again!) At times, I felt chilled at what I was reading. Seconds later, grinning like a fool.
The characters are incredible too. Massive kudos to Cristin Terrill for creating such a fantastic character in Finn, who can make the reader smile in the grimmest of situations. I loved Finn. I loved all the characters, each so refreshingly 3 dimensional, even the truly evil ones. My only slight issue might be the lack of ugly characters... everyone seemed to be attractive, or charming in some way. But this hardly matters compared to the rest of the book.
This is a very easy-to-read story perfect for young adults and adults alike, but I wouldn't call it a light-hearted read. It is moving, compelling, and after following Marina and Em's stories, I found myself reflecting on me as a person, and how the past has shaped who I am... how this might have been different. Bizarre! (Bear in mind that I do try to avoid thinking too much, if I can help it!)
I highly recommend this book. Whether you buy, borrow or steal a copy this is a must-read book that will leave you reeling!
...only please don't steal. That would be very, very bad. :)