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5.0 out of 5 stars THE NIGHT RAINBOW, 6 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Night Rainbow (Kindle Edition)
A truly delightful page turning read. Slowly chapter by chapter the story unfolds. Pregnant mother, distressed. Father dead and two young children left to their own devices. As I read on it seemed strange that Pea, the eldest, was always deferring to the younger sister, Margot.

The descriptive countryside passages are brought alive and the animals and insects are there for us to see. The night rainbow is wonderful. Gradually, as mother's depression becomes clear you become worried for the children and are pleased to see Claude looking out for them. The fruit throwing at the hated tractor is particularly vivid. Then we discover that perhaps Pea is not Amaury's daughter. It there a clue in the old photograph in the biscuit box?

The author writes with an understanding of the wonders and fears of childhood and we are given superb light and lively passages combined with sad and worrying ones. Merlin's death is heartbreaking and at times I feared for Maman's state of mind and how she and Pea will cope in a crisis.

I am thrilled to have found an author, new to me, to follow and enjoy in the future. I am looking forward to Claire King's next publication
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2013 20:55:38 BDT
charliek says:
Aarrgh! Massive spoilers!

While it's great to see another well-deserved five star review, this one gives away so many of the delicate plot's secrets that would be far better left for the reader to uncover!

I hope this reviewer can, and does, edit their otherwise kind and lovely review - so as to save these pleasures for the reader.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 14:37:26 BDT
Point taken. Although my review was written with a view to sharing my thoughts with others who had already read and hopefully enjoyed the book. I had come to the conclusion that I had been very slow in seeing the obvious and others would pick up the clues early on.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 22:11:58 BDT
charliek says:
Thank you taking the time to edit your (wonderfully positive) review. I know how great it can be to share your experiences with someone who has experienced the same thing but here, for the most part I think people will be reading reviews before deciding if they want to read the book. It'd be akin to saying to an Agatha Christie fan '...it's a great book, clever plot, the butler did it'.

Far better, I think, to comment on the storytelling and writing finesse, and leave the actual story itself for the reader to unfold.

Do you have a local book club? I've heard the author speaking with a book club, who were all really keen to discuss all the various plot elements with her and each other once they had all read the book, so perhaps if yours were to read The Night Rainbow it would be a great place to discuss how different people found it?

I didn't figure out where the story was going until right at the end, by the way! :)
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