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Undemanding nostalgic implausible tale for holiday reading
on 6 September 2014
The book started really well with hints of strange events that will be revealed as the story unfolds. This does indeed happen, but the ending is so contrived, so artificially dramatic and implausible, with all the loose ends being tied up, that I got the impression that the author had got tired of writing it and just wanted to get it over and done with. This was disappointing as the author writes well and evokes lovely memories of the days before we spent our lives slumped in front of the television.
Female authors often seem to have trouble writing the dialogue of male banter, and this was no exception with clunky comments about sex and girls that no man would say in real life. The obsession with alcohol got a bit boring and some of the detail was irritating - e.g. Tom gets back from Italy to a remote part of Scotland a couple of hours after getting a phone call, which was necessary for the plot but a bit incredible.
Take the book on holiday for a light read and then leave it behind.