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2.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't engage with this..., 27 April 2012
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This review is from: My Dearest Jonah (Paperback)
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I'm not sure why I didn't get into this - I've tried several times to read it, and have decided to give up at page 61 of 206 - so this review reflects my reading of those first pages together with a quick scan through the remainder.
The book is a chain of letters between Verity and Jonah. There's no narrative that isn't contained in a letter. It's well written, and the characters develop quickly from the early pages, so it's not a bad book - just one that failed to chime with me on too many fronts, principally:
I like books that consist of letters. I got all through Liasons Dangereuse, which is loooong, and entirely letters, so I have history here! But the letters have to be credible, and these aren't. Nobody writes letters with long chunks of verbatim conversations they had earlier that day, or that they had in the past. The letters here are used as a somewhat clumsy means of recounting the two storylines. Didn't work for me, and actually distracted me from what what I was reading
I know the heroine is described as fragile, but she seems to be one of life's victims, and a passive one at that. Now I know it takes all sorts, but she annoyed me, in a "oh for heavens' sake woman, just say no" sort of way, so I didn't care for her, which shouldn't matter I know, but again, she distracted me...
You know those TV dramas set in Accident and Emergency departments, where the first 10 or 15 minutes are the little stories that end in disaster and pain, whereupon the A&E staff can do their stuff? Well this struck me as being like that - there was a heavy sense of impending doom and I felt that it was all going to go horribly wrong for Verity and Jonah. I didn't like the inevitability of the "car crash" that was maybe coming for Jonah, although at the start of the book Verity's seems to have already happened and we are going to learn why.
There's a thread of nastiness in this book - by which I mean man's nastiness to others. I know enough about the world to know what horrors humankind is capable of, and I don't look for it in my fiction.
I'll pass it onto someone else and if they rate it I'll edit this to reflect that.
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Initial post: 8 May 2012 14:58:05 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 8 May 2012 16:51:16 BDT]

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 16:45:45 BDT
DebB says:
Oops, so 'tis - I'll correct the review so as not to confuse others. Thanks for pointing it out.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 16:52:15 BDT
Cool, deleted my comment now, I'm currently reading it, bit of a struggle so far
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