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on 8 November 2011
A few other people have mentioned the editorial slips and sloppy writing - but I would also like to add that there is an appalling rape scene in the book, where the main female character is portrayed as thinking that 'She had never enjoyed sex as much' and various other orgasmic cliches, as she is raped repeatedly by four different men. I was shocked - surely even the most misogonyst man in the world realises that rape is not an enjoyable situation....in fact, it's absolutely horrible and a terrible crime of hate and power, not of desire. This is a totally unacceptable characterisation of a woman and I am horrified that any educatd man would actually proffer this as a storyline.
The book is poorly researched, the characters one dimensional, the language Victorian in places (asylums??? When was the last time that you heard a psychiatric hospital referred to as an asylum????) and the editing lazy. The story line maybe could have lifted the book above mediocre if not for such fatal flaws, but as you are asked to suspend belief early on in the book when one of the main characters gets discharged from an 'asylum' overnight, with no medical follow up, it's unlikely!
My recommendation is to avoid like the plague - it's a book that should never have been written.