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Cuckoo....a bit disappointing really
on 29 February 2012
When I first saw this book I thought it sounded just my kind of thing, I love this sort of book, where someone comes into another's life and gradually we see that they are not all they seem.
From the blurb this sounds like it will be a fantastic psychological thriller, and indeed, for the middle part, it is. The problems, for me, were the beginning and the end.
Rose lives with her family in a carefully restored old house in the country. When her best friend's husband dies suddenly, Rose invites Polly and her young sons to stay with them, after all where else would they go? Polly hates her life in Greece and her husband's Greek family.
From the beginning Polly is unlikeable, I could not see why she would be anyone's best friend because she really doesn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. The book is slow to get going, I realise the author has to set the scene but at times I found it painfully slow. As other reviewers have also commented sometimes the amount of minute detail was almost childlike, it was as though every last movement in Rose's day had to be recorded, even on days where nothing remotely significant happened. It was almost written as a list, Rose did this, then she did that, then she did something else, etc.
However, towards the middle, the sense of menace grows and I began to really enjoy the book. I think that it is rather implausible however, Rose must have been very stupid indeed to allow Polly to remain in her home after certain events, I really could not see anyone sane putting up with such an unbalanced and obviously dangerous woman. But, it's only fiction, and it made for a good story.
Until the ending, that is. This came as a huge disappointment, it was a sthough the author wasn't sure how to finish her book, and opted for a very lazy way out. I felt very let down by it.
So in all, boring start, fairly gripping middle, and tremendouys anticlimax at the end. Would I recommend it? Some people have loved it so it's worth a read, but in my opinion, it was only an average book. I would probably give the author another chance though with her second book.