Interesting but not compelling,
This review is from: Away from You (Paperback)As a reader you feel very comfortable when you read about places and events you were at some time familiar with. Away from You does that if you were connected in any way with colonial and post colonial Africa. In this case the context is East Africa. Melanie Finn seems to have a very understanding about the politics, economics and racial contexts and interactions, which were and are very complex.
The book is clearly written and the descriptions are detailed and enable the reader to visualise each event very clearly.
There are two major issues for me. The first one is what is now quite a common technique; this is when the author goes from the present to the past and then back to the present. In this book it does not work. Events from the past do not necessarily relate to current developments.
Secondly, I found the story not very convincing. There appears to be a strong element of reprisals, but why should someone want so desperately to prove that their deceased father was a murderer? At the end of the book you are not sure how the return trip to East Africa has helped Ellie with understanding her past, or shape her future life.