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The 'What if' story that couldnt actually happen
on 13 September 2009
Its 4am and the girl comes too with amnesia at the scene of a bomb in central london in a barely there dress and no shoes being tended to by an ambulance officer, as he get called away to an urgent case the girl makes a break for it, with no idea what shes running from. If the plot hasnt broken plausibility enough for you yet, she luckily finds that the jacket the officer wrapped around her contains a wallet with a large sum of money and a card from which she adopts the identity of 'Jo Simmons', leaving everyone behind her to assume she's dead. Boarding and falling asleep on a night bus she gets off at a town in Oxford and despite her apperance gets mistaken for a new employee in a tea shop and so begins a new life and new identity. As jo struggles to start coming to terms with her the few memories she has and the information that she can aquire though facebook she falls from one place to another, making mistakes and being forgiven relentlessly as she goes. After much (and perhaps the least plausible) deceit she lands a job as an activities worker with venerable children at the home her new and oblivious man interest works at. It starts to look like her new identity could work until her story gets leaked. Not knowing who to trust she continues to stumble between dabbling in her new life and old, torn between wanting to remember and knowing that theres something shes running from. Her two identities are worlds apart and she needs to work out who she wants to be, shes just not doing a very good job of it. The predictable ending therefore doesnt seem quite so much of annoyance as by this point you actually want it to happen that way. A bit anti-climatical i will agree as it doesn't have any major twists, but as the memories unfold you start to feel an association with Jo, how she became who she is/was and how you wuold handle the situation personally.
I personally enjoyed the story and its only losing a star because of the sheer implausibity of it all. Not only is she assumed dead after such a short space of time, despite not being found and the ambulance driver having seen her, But by the time shes aquired the third (and completely different) job by fluke and with no references you start to feel a bit hard done by thats not how it really is, and it loses some of the affinity that you built with the character through her fear and alcohol shakes. Shes runs from everything and forgiven for almost every screw up she makes and that perhaps loses some of the impact of the story also as yes she is understandably scared..but is she actually getting that hard of a time or just building it up to be? To sum this book up its a fictional chic lit story, with page turning enjoyability and some well written characters..its just a bit of a shame the plot wasnt strong enough to do without the implausibilities.