Top critical review
beautifully written, the storyline was a little lacking though
on 22 January 2015
A really difficult review for me if I'm honest. If I'm brutally honest, the storyline was lacking.
Having finished the book, not much really happened, and as much as that sounds very mean, it's as honest as I can be. I expected a complex plot between Mary and her lover, the child in the lake being the child his wife gave birth to, or their love child was not accepted by the community outside of wedlock. The actual outcome was it was her sister and had drowned (without explanation) in a loch. I can see why the author would want to draw on similarities between Mary and inary but for me, it was an anti climax to what was a very beautifully written book.
I very much admire this author for how vividly she managed to being Scotland to life, truly amazing to read in that sense. I was expecting the plot to be a little more complex though and was somewhat disappointed with the outcome. Having different perspectives throughout the book was novel, but unnecessary in my opinion, I would have liked this particular story to have revolved around inary. I also struggled to get my head around her losing her voice too; I understand her grief but I don't understand that level of grief from someone who left her sister to live in London and had little contact with her during her time there.
A firm 3 stars for me xxx