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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 1 July 2012
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This review is from: The Girl You Left Behind (Paperback)
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I feel bad about writing anything remotely negative about this book. I first read JoJo Moyes a few months ago when I read "Me before you" - a book that made me love, laugh, sob and grieve. I don't think I had ever read a book quite like it and I could not wait for the new novel.

I was lucky enough to get a pre-release and it arrived yesterday.......I read the whole book (400+ pages) in one day, finishing late last night.

I really liked the story of Sophie and occupied France, I could picture Le Coq Rouge and life in the first world war and I was so engrossed in her story I could not put the book down.

Then in the second part came Liv and the prolonged and somewhat dull court battle around the painting Liv was left by her deceased husband. The second part of the book bored me and I found myself almost speed reading through the pages to get back to Sophie.

I am sure the book will be enjoyed by many, the story is clever and is very well written, but my gripe is that I just wasn't moved in the same way 'Me before you' moved me.....I found parts of this story boring, drawn out and not required. I would have quite happily read 500 pages exclusively about Sophie and given it 5 stars.

I am sorry JoJo, but it just didn't thrill me like your last book.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2012 18:26:15 GMT
kooky ju says:
I am in the middle of this book. I also enjoyed me before you (although I was disappointed by the ending). Like you I am bored with The Girl You Left Behind so thought I'd look up some reviews. I'm on the Liv part of the story & after reading your review I think I'll speed read a lot of it!

Posted on 18 Aug 2013 15:47:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2013 15:55:37 BDT
Yvonne says:
I couldn't agree more FLB... after reading 'Me Before You' I am a bit disappointed too. 'The Girl You left Behind' is un-putdownable, but in addition to the court case which I also think is a bit long drawn out, it seems to me there are a few inconsistencies in the book, i.e. Helene's behaviour, the letter she wrote to Sophie - which was deeply moving but how could Helene have sent this letter if she did not know where Sophie was? I have not finished the book yet though (am at about 90% now) so perhaps I should check back after I have finished it...
I am also sorry, I so wanted to like this book as much as I did Me Before You!
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