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Average but Readable
on 20 November 2014
I have read a couple of Diane Chamberlain's books and been a little disenchanted, swearing off buying more. However, I bought four in one go so I decided to give The Shadow Wife a go.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how readable this one was. I think I finished it in two or three days. This book "time-hopped" and this is something I normally find confusing, but I was able to follow easily this time. I never had to flip back to remind myself what time I was in. I like the way the stories intertwined and the connection between all the characters.
There were a couple of things that bothered me. One is DC's insistence to include the token gay or gay couple in her stories and the way she CONSTANTLY refers to them as gay. If it's not such a big deal for her, as I'm sure she is intent on proving to everyone, then asserting they are gay ONCE will do.
The other is the way dialogue is handled. I was always taught that each new character speaking their lines of dialogue deserves their own paragraph. And for good reason. It was very confusing working out who was speaking and when.
The final thing I found to be a let down was that I'm sure DC was aiming for a twist and reveal, but for me it was soooo predictable, I worked it out very, very early on in the book.
Therefore, for me, this was a 3 star book. A good, quick read that doesn't require too much effort at all.