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Not for me (2.5 stars)
on 3 April 2012
I had really been looking forward to reading this book, so it pains me to say that actually I found it to be a real disappointment after what I felt was a fairly strong start. Things were going pretty well until about a quarter of the way into the book and then it all went a bit downhill, grew overly repetitive and I really lost interest in what was going on and struggled to finish the damn thing. I'm sorry to say that I wouldn't be in a hurry to pick up another book by this author in future. Also: the comparisons to Jodi Picoult? This book is nothing like a Picoult novel- so please don't be swayed into reading this thinking that's what you're going to get, because you most certainly aren't!
The concept of this novel was interesting (on the surface at least) and is what encouraged me to pick it up in the first place; being based around an ancient moon dial that can show its user the future so having a somewhat magical quality. Indeed, for unsuspecting Holly, when she and her husband uncover the dial in the rambling back garden of their new home, she never dreams quite what it will show her: her husband grieving her loss after she has died in childbirth. But is this future set in stone, or can it be changed? And if it *can* be altered, then what will the consequences be?
Like I said, a pretty decent premise for a story, but unfortunately one that just fell short at the final hurdle and was utterly ruined by the flimsy, one dimensional lead characters that had absolutely no personality or gumption and apparently spent all their time rolling around in bed together, giggling. Sickeningly sweet and smug- not appealing in the slightest! Another thing: pronouns. The complete lack of them in this story was utterly distracting and left me scratching my head a bit. I found the speed at which Holly bonded with her unborn child to be a teeny bit unbelievable, particularly given how in the previous chapter she had been completely averse to ever having a child. Also, for risk of spoiling anything, I will also say that I think the author copped out on the ending- I saw it coming but valiantly hoped that it wouldn't be the case and that this novel would have some redeeming quality, but instead it just became a predictable cliché. Such a shame.
Overall, this book had promise, but it failed to deliver the goods. I wouldn't recommend it and this will be going straight in the charity shop bag.