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An unexpected disappointment
on 5 December 2012
Good books don't particularly need strong plots to be successful- a strong sense of atmosphere, place and striking insight can be enough to make a great book- but unfortunately despite the author's best efforts this story doesn't achieve much on any of those fronts.
I thought the initial premise was very good and was what attracted me-a meeting of middle aged friends in a top Boston hotel to 'catch up' with each other. This central idea though is muddied by too many flashbacks to the narrator's college days with her best friend Gay [a woman who as is the case with many best friends, one got the sense the narrator actually didn't like very much] and other asides which distrupted what could have been an effective, simple narrative. The characters are not very likeable and, despite the amount of booze they put back, strangely flat and unalluring. In the end, the book fails to make any real impact and to be honest- and at too many times- this reader at any rate had to ask himself if he had enough interest in it all to keep reading. All in all, an unexpected disappointment.